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How Fast Can I Make My Diabetic Retinopathy Go Away
Depends: The treatment of diabetic retinopathy should be undertaken by an ophthalmologist. It involves, perhaps, some laser treatments and good control of the diabetes. How well or how rapidly it responds to treatment depends upon how advanced it is in the first place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the chances of going blind from diabetic retinopathy is you were prediabetic for 5 years but are not anymore?
Depends : Most young diabetics will take at least 5 years before the diabetes can affect the retina- the light sensitive eye that is most commonly involved. Adult onset diabetics usually already have some form of eye disease at diagnosis. The chance of retinopathy is dependent on duration of disease, the amount of control of blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol and other co-existing diseases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is no cure : Pdr, like many complications of diabetes can be managed, but there is no cure. The outcome of treatment depends on the duration of diabetes, the patient's compliance with their diabetes management, and the level of ophthalmological care received. Retina specialists have many tools to preserve vision, but the result depends largely on how serve the disease is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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