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Is There A Medicine To Help Control Diabetic Retinopathy
Yes: The same medicine that controls the overall blood sugar and diabetic control is what will ultimately control the diabetic retinopathy. However, if there is significant retinopathy, lasers and injections of medicines used to prevent new blood vessel growth are used to control diabetic retinopathy from inside the eye instead of controlling the overall diabetes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing Proven .: Diabetic retinopathy is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It impairs vision because years of high blood sugars damage the fine blood vessels in the retina causing bleeding and swelling. The only proven treatments for preserving vision are laser, intraocular injections, and surgery. Studies have shown that tight control of glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol are also helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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