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Can children get diabetic retinopathy? I think that diabetic retinopathy usually only happens after you've had diabetes for years, but my son has had it since he was 5. He's 15 now, so is he at higher risk? .

Can children get diabetic retinopathy? I think that diabetic retinopathy usually only happens after you've had diabetes for years, but my son has had it since he was 5. He's 15 now, so is he at higher risk? .

Yes,: Yes, they can. Fortunately, it turns out that earlier onset of type 1 diabetes is associated with a lower risk of retinopathy even after years of the disease as compared to children with onset of diabetes after puberty. But the longer anyone has diabetes and the worse the glucose control the higher the risk.
But it would be distinctly uncommon for him to have retinopathy at this age however. The challenge is for him to take charge of his diabetes since as a parent, especially at this age, one can only do so much. Jdrf may be of help in your area. ...Read more

Retinopathy (Definition)

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What is retinopathy?

What is retinopathy?

See below: Retinopathy is a disease of the retina (pathology of the retina), there are many many causes, and thus treatments and prognosis depends on the type of retinopathy you are talking about. ...Read more

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What is premature retinopathy?

What is premature retinopathy?

ROP?: There is a condition occurring in premature infants called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in which the child is born before the retina has completed normal growth. Treatment needs to be done early and can involve observation, laser, injections and surgery. ...Read more

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What is premature retinopathy?

What is premature retinopathy?

ROP?: There is a condition occurring in premature infants called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) in which the child is born before the retina has completed normal growth. Treatment needs to be done early and can involve observation, laser, injections and surgery. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of retinopathy?

What are the main causes of retinopathy?

Age and Diabetes: The most common retinopathies are caused by age (macular degeneration) and diabetes (diabetic retinopathy). There are many others as well. ...Read more

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What are the causes of central serious retinopathy?

What are the causes of central serious retinopathy?

Many things: Csr is an eye disease which causes visual impairment, often temporarily, usually in one eye, mostly affecting males in the age group 20 to 50 but which may also affect women. This condition may be caused by the use of cortisol or corticosteroids. Csr is a fluid detachment of macula layers from their supporting tissue allowing choroidal fluid to leak into the subretinal space. ...Read more

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What to do if my baby's suffering from retinopathy?

What to do if my baby's suffering from retinopathy?

Eye exam: Retinopathy of prematurity is not to be neglected. An infants retinal blood vessels may take time to mature. As they mature, a retinal specialist must follow the maturation to ensure normal progression. Abnormal blood vessel growth can threaten vision. Fortunately, treatment is available via laser, surgery and injectable medications. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: retinopathy?

Abnormal retina: Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease process of the retina. ...Read more

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My grandmother has retinopathy. What is her prognosis?

Depends: Is this from macular. Degeneration, diabetes or other pathology? Although there is good treatment for these the prognosis may be guarded depending on the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do when my baby's suffering from retinopathy?

See an eye dr.: Retinopathy indicates that something has happened to the retina. Seeing a pediatric ophthalmologist (eye doctor) is the best way to determine what has happened and what your treatment plan and follow-up should be. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestion: my baby's suffering from retinopathy?

Can you give me suggestion: my baby's suffering from retinopathy?

Talk to the: Baby's ophthalmologist. Discuss your concerns and ask about the future for the baby. ...Read more

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What causes retinopathy of prematurity?

What causes retinopathy of prematurity?

Oxygen: The care of premature birth babies is a battle between things known to increase survival including oxygen administration versus the risk of this life-saving oxygen cause retinopathy. No intervention is as good as oxygen and so this is an assumed risk. Treatment for this is possible including bevicizumab. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for serius retinopathy?

Time: Serous retinopathy, also termed central serous maculopathy, is a condition of unknown origin which causes the central vessels to leak fluid, raising the retina in that area, and causing a distortion or lowering of the vision. Treatments such as steroids have been proven not to work and may be detrimental. Most cases spontaneous improve over a six month interval and laser might melp. ...Read more

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Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Which celebrities babies have retinopathy of prematurity?

Protected info: This is protected health information, to which only the parent's, child and doctors involved should be privy. ...Read more

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Why does diabetes cause retinopathy?

Why does diabetes cause retinopathy?

Vascular damage: Diabetes can cause damage to the small blood vessels in the eye causing microvascular leakage and occlusion. Elevated blood sugar levels appear to be the primary cause of this damage. ...Read more

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Retinopathy of prematurity still common?

Yes: The main risk factor for development of rop is prematurity and low birth weight. With better survival rates for premature babies, we are seeing more of these children with rop. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby if he has retinopathy of prematurity?

See below: Other than recommended follow up with an ophthalmologist, there is nothing you can do, sorry. ...Read more

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What increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

What increases the risk of having retinopathy of prematurity?

Earlier age of birth: The care of premature birth babies is a battle between things known to increase survival including oxygen administration versus the risk of this life-saving oxygen cause retinopathy. No intervention is as good as oxygen and so this is an assumed risk. Treatment for this is possible including bevicizumab. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have proliferate vitreo retinopathy (pvr)?

What does it mean to have proliferate vitreo retinopathy (pvr)?

Complication: Pvr is the most common cause of failure for retinal detachment surgery. Some patients have a very active healing response which creates scar tissue that pulls the retina back off. Once pvr occurs, it needs to be treated with vitrectomy and possibly a buckle and silicone oil. It is possible that multiple surgeries will be needed to stabilize the retina. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of retinopathy of prematurity?

What are the most common causes of retinopathy of prematurity?

Premature birth!: The cause is due to premature birth and possibly use of high oxygen concentration for breathing in premature infants. The retina is not fully developed and vascularized in the periphery and exposure to the air causes the peripheral retina to not vascularize, which can cause contraction, scarring and possible retinal detachment. ...Read more

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How long do people commonly survive at the stage of retinopathy & gangrene?

Not sure: If you are talking about complications from diabetes, those two conditions mean that diabetes has corroded the small blood vessels in the body. Try to have the blood sugar under good control. These conditions do not mean death is imminent. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's a virtual certainty that if you have diabetes you will develop retinopathy?

Wondering if it's a virtual certainty that if you have diabetes you will develop retinopathy?

No..: Even with poor control, 80% get it, not all; with excellent control, this risk is markedly reduced. ...Read more

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What is cicatricial retinopathy of prematurity like?

Decreases vision.: Cicatricial retinopathy causes scar tissue in the retina, which is the neural layer of the eye that is used for vision. Usually such retinal changes impinge on vision. A pediatric ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can help assess the extent of the damage and what visual effects to expect and whether any treatment can be helpful. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of retinopathy in premature babies?

What are the symptoms of retinopathy in premature babies?

Sometimes none: Retinopathy of prematurity can occur in premature infants weighing about 2¾ pounds (1250 grams) or less that are born before 31 weeks of gestation (a full-term pregnancy has a gestation of 38–42 weeks). It is potentially blinding. Often there are no symptoms as these babies are pre-verbal. In severe rop a baby may not react to light and eventually not fix or follow objects. ...Read more

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What kind of services are there for diabetic patients with retinopathy?

What kind of services are there for diabetic patients with retinopathy?

See below: If you mean what kind of treatments are available, there are many. 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'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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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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Any treatment for pigmentary retinopathy?

Depends on the cause: Pigmentary retinopathy applies to disorders in which there is a disturbance on the pigmented layer of the retina. The causes are varied and include degeneration, trauma, infection, etc. I would suggest you see a retinal specialist who can diagnose the cause and hopefully treat the problem. ...Read more