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What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?

What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?

Retinal complication: Diabetes can be associated with many eye problems. Retinal complications, especially proliferative retinopathy can cause severe loss of vision from decreased blood supply, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Macular edema is swelling in the retina affecting the central vision. Both conditions are treatable, but early diagnosis is key. Cataract, increased glaucoma risk, change in refraction also. ...Read more

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Diabetic Eye Disease (Definition)

A serious complication of diabetes mellitus. It occurs in about 80% of diabetics who have had their disease for more than 10 years and can ...Read more


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I'm 50 yes old and have typed 2 diabetes. I have bags under my eyes and I read that it may mean a kidney problem. How can I get rid of them.

I'm 50 yes old and have typed 2 diabetes. I have bags under my eyes and I read that it may mean a kidney problem. How can I get rid of them.

Fluids, nutrition: You can't really get rid of bags under your eyes at the age of 50. And if you are concerned about a kidney problem, see your doctor, although I am unaware of bags under the eyes signifying a kidney problem. Make sure you are getting plenty of fluids, an average of 7 hours of sleep/night, and good nutrition. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic eye problems?

What kind of condition is diabetic eye problems?

Retinopathy edema: Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy and macular edema), the retina of the eye injury can lead to blindness. ...Read more

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What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?

Retinal complication: Diabetes can be associated with many eye problems. Retinal complications, especially proliferative retinopathy can cause severe loss of vision from decreased blood supply, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Macular edema is swelling in the retina affecting the central vision. Both conditions are treatable, but early diagnosis is key. Cataract, increased glaucoma risk, change in refraction also. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic eye problems?

Retinopathy edema: Diabetic eye disease (retinopathy and macular edema), the retina of the eye injury can lead to blindness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diabetic eye problems?

What is the definition or description of: Diabetic eye problems?

Mostly retinopathy: Diabetes is felt to cause a number of eye issues. The main one is diabetic retinopathy. This is a thinning of retinal arterial walls with pouching out termed microaneruysms, which can lead to bleeding, edema and sometimes major dysfunction of the retina. This is why we recommend regular examination of the eyes in diabetics. ...Read more

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Diabetic eye disease - vision lost, what to do?

Diabetic eye disease - vision lost, what to do?

Evaluation: There are many reasons for vision to be diminished with diabetes. You need an evaluation by a retinal specialist who can offer any possible help. Or refer you to specialists who can help with low vision. ...Read more

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Does the diabetic eye disease cause vision loss?

Does the diabetic eye disease cause vision loss?

It can: There are many forms of eye disease related to diabetes. Some affect the vision immediately while others do not. However, if left unchecked, all forms of diabetic eye disease are likely to reduce vision. See your eye doctor regularly. ...Read more

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Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Yes: During pregnancy there are lots of growth factor which are present. As such, diabetic changes in the eyes can develop during pregnancy and can get worse during pregnancy. It is important if you are diabetic, to have your eyes checked in the first, second, and third trimester. This will insure that if there are changes, they can be treat right away to prevent vision loss. ...Read more

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What other eye problems can occur to people with diabetes?

What other eye problems can occur to people with diabetes?

Glaucoma, pain: The most advanced diabetic retinopathy cases lead to painless vision loss, however; eventually the proliferative disease reaches the iris and angle. This new vessels lead to neovascular glaucoma, which is very painful. Patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy should be followed several times a year. ...Read more

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Suggest some necessary steps to prevent diabetes eye problems?

Suggest some necessary steps to prevent diabetes eye problems?

Blood sugar control: Consistantly elevated blood sugar in diabetes damages blood vessels throughout the body, and the delicate nature of ocular tissues makes them particularly susceptible to such damage. This is exacerbated by high blood pressure. The most important thing a diabetic can do is control average blood sugar, as measured by hemoglobin A1c (target less than 7.0). ...Read more

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I am suffering problem with my vision cause with my diabetes having eye blood clut would be good to go for an eye laser to control its damage?

I am suffering problem with my vision cause with my diabetes having eye blood clut would be good to go for an eye laser to control its damage?

See your eye doctor: Bleeding in the eyes from diabetes can lead to blindness. See your eye doctor for the appropriate treatment immediately. ...Read more

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How often should I check my eyes for diabetes problems?

How often should I check my eyes for diabetes problems?

Once a year: Yearly checks are fine unless you are diagnosed with retinopathy. Then twice a year or more depending on the severity. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs of eye problems when you get them from having diabetes?

I was wondering what are the signs of eye problems when you get them from having diabetes?

Sadly: Most serious problem, bleeding from retina due to proliferative retinopathy may not cause any symptoms til the acute bleed occurs.

That's why ada recommends yearly eye exams to catch problem and treat it before bleed occurs. ...Read more

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Sir, I am a diabetic patient last 15 years. Now I have problem for my eye. My sight is low so what I have to do?

Sir, I am a diabetic patient last 15 years. Now I have problem for my eye. My sight is low so what I have to do?

See ophthalmologist!: Hi. Advances in ophthalmology have almost eliminated blindness due to diabetes. However, I would say prevention always trumps treatment. Tight diabetes and blood pressure control will PREVENT retinopathy. Once retinopathy is diagnosed, regular follow up with an ophthalmologist is advised. Even if retinopathy has been diagnosed, tight control has been shown to reverse or stabilize retinopathy. ...Read more

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I'm 50 yes old and have typed 2 diabetes. I have bags under my eyes and I read that it may mean a kidney problem. How can I get rid of them.

Fluids, nutrition: You can't really get rid of bags under your eyes at the age of 50. And if you are concerned about a kidney problem, see your doctor, although I am unaware of bags under the eyes signifying a kidney problem. Make sure you are getting plenty of fluids, an average of 7 hours of sleep/night, and good nutrition. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could a diabetic patient have problems or damage in the nerves of her eyes without symptoms? My mom will examinate them soon but I want to relax

Could a diabetic patient have problems or damage in the nerves of her eyes without symptoms? My mom will examinate them soon but I want to relax

The diabetic: Patient may not be aware of changes to vision. Bottom line is that we can't tell you relax. She needs to have annual eye exam to check for damage to her eyes from her diabetes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a nerve to regenerate in the eye after experiencing double vision? Diabetes, and other health problems could be culprits.

How long does it take for a nerve to regenerate in the eye after experiencing double vision? Diabetes, and other health problems could be culprits.

6-12 weeks: If double vision is from a diabetic mono-neuropathy, meaning damage to one of the nerves innervating the eye muscles, then typically it takes anywhere from 2 to 3 months to regenerate. These are vascular insults and can come from diabetes or high blood pressure or other vascular diseases. ...Read more

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Are there any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Are there any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Control, control!!!: Multiple studies have shown that patients who control their blood sugar, blood pressure & their cholesterol levels have a much lower chance of developing eye problems, kidney disease, peripheral nerve problems & peripheral circulation problems. Regular exercise, staying at your ideal weight & following an ada diet with regular checkups will help achieve these goals. There is no simple solution. ...Read more

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Can there be any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Can there be any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Diabetes: The most important thing you can do is ensure your sugars are under good control by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise. All diabetics should have their eyes examined for any evidence of diabetic eye disease at least once a year. ...Read more

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Is it out of the questions that my eye problems have been because of my recent diagnosis of diabetes?

Is it out of the questions that my eye problems have been because of my recent diagnosis of diabetes?

No: If sugars were quite elevated, it can cause lens swelling, blurred vision

see ophthamologist. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Please let me know if there is any solutions or exercises for diabetic people affected with eye sight problem?

Diabetic control: The risk to the eyes in diabetes relates largely to the careful control of the sugar. This is monitored with a blood test called hba1c which measures long term control. It should be under 6.5 if possible - the lower the better. No exercise can change this although exercise is part of diabetic control. The "solution" is to be compulsive with your diabetic control. ...Read more

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How often does a diabetic need eyes checkd and if there are vision problems before next appt time should let it go?

How often does a diabetic need eyes checkd and if there are vision problems before next appt time should let it go?

Depends: Diabetics with no history of eye problems should be checked once yearly. If there is a history of diabetes related eye disease, at least twice yearly. If you are having visual problems at any time you should see the eye doctor immediately, regardless of when the last visit was. ...Read more

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I've got diabetes, and I heard that a person with diabetes, can form some kind of eye problems. What are they, if any?

I've got diabetes, and I heard that a person with diabetes, can form some kind of eye problems. What are they, if any?

Retinal problems: There are four common long term complications that may affect those people with diabetes-- heart problems, kidney problems, circulation problems, and eye problems. In the eye, sugar may accumulate over the years in the retina, leading to retinal hemorrhages and blindness. Your best source of information is your treating physician, who can go over all of this with you. ...Read more

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I have diabetes 2, good control with pills so far and a good diet. Can floaters in my eyes and frequent gum problems be related?

I have diabetes 2, good control with pills so far and a good diet. Can floaters in my eyes and frequent gum problems be related?

Unlikely: Both symptoms might be found in a patient who has vitreous hemorrhage and gingivitis both due to advanced diabetic microvascular disease. It is best to have a dilated retinal examination to look for signs of diabetes. It is sometimes difficult to determine for sure whether there is advanced disease. See an eye specialist or retinal specialist and an endodontist. ...Read more

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I think I have diabetes. I'm normal weight, I get hot and sweaty after eating, it runs in the family, eye problems, always itchy. Do I??

I think I have diabetes. I'm normal weight, I get hot and sweaty after eating, it runs in the family, eye problems, always itchy. Do I??

Best way to figure: Out is to go to your doctor for testing. Otherwise some of the most common symptoms are drinking too much, peeing too much, eating too much. ...Read more

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Diabetic. Vision problems all of sudden. Just left annual vision check up w/ eye md &also w/ a eye specialist. Everything looked fine. Seeing dark spots?

Diabetic. Vision problems all of sudden. Just left annual vision check up w/ eye md &also w/ a eye specialist. Everything looked fine. Seeing dark spots?

Go back: Return to your eye md. You may have harmless vitreous floaters, but you may have vitreous hemorrhage secondary to diabetic retinopathy. As you may already know, big changes in your blood sugar up or down can cause blurry vision. ...Read more