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Doctor insights on: Diabetic Retinopathy Reversible

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Is diabetic retinopathy reversible?

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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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Diabetic retinopathy is also known as Diabetic eye problems. 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


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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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Can eyesight return after having a diabetic retinopathy?

Can eyesight return after having a diabetic retinopathy?

Sometimes: If bleeding inside the eye is the cause, the bleeding may clear (or may need to be removed with surgery), after which vision will return. Also, laser treatment for swelling may result in improvement in vision about 1/3 of the time. ...Read more

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Whats diabetic retinopathy?

Whats diabetic retinopathy?

Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. It is important for all diabetics to get annual dilated eye exams from an ophthalmologist to determine whether retinopathy is present. ...Read more

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How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

Laser, surgery, etc.: Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the vessels at the back of the eye leak, and there is risk of scar, bleeding, vision loss, retinal detachment. All of these are addressed in different ways with laser, injected pharmaceuticals, surgery and improvement in the general care of the diabetes. This needs close follow up with a retinal ophthalmologist. ...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. ...Read more

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Are there different options for treating diabetic retinopathy?

Are there different options for treating diabetic retinopathy?

Yes: The exact treatment should be under the direction of an ophthalmologist. Often laser treatments are used. Just as important is close conrtol of the diabetes under the direction of your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat diabetic retinopathy?

How can I treat diabetic retinopathy?

See a retina special: Different treatments by a retina specialist include laser, injection of intravitreal medications into the eye, and/or vitrectomy surgery depending on the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Eye Problems (Definition)

Diabetic eye problems is 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


Retinopathy (Definition)

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