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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
My dad is diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. He didn't say any details, but i'm so scared. Is he going to be blind? He is 65.
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
Is it possible to implant bionic sub-retinal photoreceptors close to damaged retinal cells from trauma or diabetic retinopathy to make them function better?
Maybe: Currently the argus ii is fda approved for use in eyes for a stringent subset of retinitis pigmentosa patients however, they have looked at implants for use in patients with other photoreceptor diseases such as macular degeneration. Who knows if the indications will extend to other things. There is a group on germany who is looking at subretinal implants. Argus ii is a epiretinal implant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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