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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)

Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to thinning of blood vessels in the back of the eye which pouch out (microaneurysms) or leak. This can cause edema or scarring and lead to severe visual loss unless treated. Treatment can be very effective and this is why diabetics are encouraged to get a yearly eye ...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's diabetic retinopathy?

What's 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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What is diabetic retinopathy?

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Bad: Diabetic retinopathy is caused by blood vessel damage due to high sugar levels. It can cause leakage of fluid from vessels causing swelling. It can also cause the vessels to die leading to the retina not getting enough blood. Both of these can permanently impair vision. The best way to avoid this is control of sugars. Many treatments exist for diabetic retinopathy. ...Read more

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What causes diabetic retinopathy?

Uncontrolled Diabete: Diabetic retinopathy comes in two types non-proliferative or proliferative. Clinical trials such as the dcct, edic, ukpds, accord, ukpds-hds, field have shown that if glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, and lipids are not controlled diabetic retinopathy can get worse and lead to severe vision loss. Trials such as the etdrs, drs, drvs show that eye physicians can delay blindness. ...Read more

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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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How common is diabetic retinopathy?

80% of diabetics: 80% of diabetics who have had diabetes for at least ten years suffer with diabetic retinopathy. Research indicates that at least ninety percent of these new cases could be reduced if there was proper and vigilant treatment and monitoring of the eyes. ...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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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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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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For diabetic retinopathy, who is at risk?

For diabetic retinopathy, who is at risk?

All Diabetics: Anyone with diabetes is at risk for diabetic retinopathy, but the risk can be decreased my keeping the sugar as close to normal as possible. Daily glucose checking, being careful to keep your fasting sugar 80 -100 and post meal sugar under 180, will help you to prevent diabetic eye disease. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

Are there symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?

Yes, in late stages: Rarely will you experience symptoms. If you do, it is usually in advanced stages. At that point laser surgery or intra-ocular surgery or intra-ocular injections are needed to preserve vision. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get diabetic retinopathy?

About one-third: The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy. ...Read more

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Who's most at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

Who's most at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

Duration and control: The longer you have diabetes, usually more than 10 years and worse the sugar control is, the higher the risk. Diabetic retinopathy results in leakage and bleeding from retinal blood vessels from years of high blood sugars. Without proper treatment, this can lead to visual impairment ...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 do you recommend for diabetic retinopathy?

What do you recommend for diabetic retinopathy?

See a retina special: A retina specialist is the correct person to treat the different kinds of diabetic retinopathy. For diabetic macular edema: laser, eye injections of medicine (anti-vegf and steroids). For proliferative diabetic retinopathy: laser, eye injections of medicine. For vitreous hemorrhage: vitrectomy surgery with laser. For tractional retinal detachment: vitrectomy, with laser and membrane peeling. ...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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What can I do to slow down diabetic retinopathy?

What can I do to slow down 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. Treatment options are in-office laser, intraocular injections, and vitrectomy surgery, depending on the severity. ...Read more

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To avoid diabetic retinopathy, what should you do?

To avoid diabetic retinopathy, what should you do?

Can be avoided: Just like any other diabetic co-morbid risk, ideal control of blood sugar, see your ophthalmologist yearly. ...Read more

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Retinopathy (Definition)

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