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Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

No cure yet: Diabetic retinopathy cannot be cured but can be effectively treated and in the last 10 years the treatments have improved dramatically with new surgical instruments for the small percentage that require surgery and several new medications that can improve macular edema (swelling of the retina) and control bleeding. But there's no substitute for good sugar and BP control to slow progression. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is diabetic retinopathy reversible?

No: Diabetic retinopathy may be prevented by good blood sugar control ( HGB A1c of <7.0) and may be treated with laser photo coagulation or anti-vegf( vascular endothelial growth factor) injections if it is detected early enough but although the changes may be stabilized and neovascularization may involute the retinopathy is not reversible. ...Read more

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How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

Eye exam.: An eye doctor, usually an ophthalmologist or a specialist in the diseases of the retina, diagnosis diabetic retinopathy through a careful eye exam that includes dilating the pupils. Other tests of the may also be performed using photographs, computer scans (oct), or injecting a dye into a vein in the arm and analyzing the dye's flow through the blodd vessels in the back of the eye (fa). ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

Are there symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic Retinopathy: The entire clinical spectrum of diabetic retinopathy ranges from no symptoms for mild disease to blurry vision (macular edema) to severe eye pain with blurry vision (neovascular glaucoma) to blindness (traction retinal detachment or severe vitreous hemorrhage). Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people under the age of 60 here is the United States. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diabetic retinopathy?

What are the tests for diabetic retinopathy?

Eye exam: The first step is yearly eye exams by a qualified eye doctor. This is the first line of detection. If retinopathy is found, other testing is done to deteine severity and treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic retinopathy?

Blindness: Diabetic retinopathy is a main cause of blindness. Exudates are the primary signs of diabetic retinopathy and thereby early detection of exudates is one of the best ways to prevent vision loss. ...Read more

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Is it true that diabetic retinopathy reversable?

Potentially: Diabetic retinopathy can be improved with medical control of diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions, laser therapy, eye injection therapy and sometimes surgery. These are treatments and not necessarily cures to diabetic retinopathy. It will return if the diabetes is not controlled well even after the above interventions. ...Read more

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What are the complications of diabetic retinopathy ?

Vision loss: Diabetes damages blood vessels. In your feet, it can cause neuropathy, ulcers, and lead to amputation. In your kidneys, it can cause kidney failure and lead to dialysis. In your eyes, it can cause retinal swelling, bleeding, and retinal detachment. These can lead to vision loss and even blindness. The key is to control blood sugars and blood pressure, which can save vision. ...Read more

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Mention some of the causes for diabetic retinopathy.

High blood sugar: Diabetic retinopathy is a type of damage that occurs to the back of eye (retina) when blood sugar is high. When blood sugar is high, new fragile blood vessels are formed. This leads to increased risk of bleeding and swelling. The result is the vision can be lost, sometimes permanently. The best way to prevent this is to control sugar levels in the normal range. ...Read more

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What are the different types of diabetic retinopathy?

What are the different types of diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy: An earlier stage of diabetic retinopathy is nonproliferative and is treated w glucose control/observation. A more severe form is proliferative or neovascular, requiring laser. There is also macular edema, requiring laser. Other treatments: avastin (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the retina of the eye. There are often no symptoms until ...Read more


Retinopathy (Definition)

Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease ...Read more