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Doctor insights on: Retinopathy Prematurity

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Retinopathy of prematurity still common?

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

Retinopathy (Definition)

Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease ...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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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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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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Diabetic retinopathy, curable?

Treatable!!: Tremendous advances in therapies for this issue, all dictated by extent of changes. Critical you are under care of retinal specialist to counsel you on best treatment protocols. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy curable?

Is diabetic retinopathy curable?

Diabetic retinopathy: In susceptible diabetics, prolonged poor control leads to weakening of the outer walls of vessels in the retina leading to outpouching (microaneurysms), leaks, scarring, and vascular occlusion leading to ischemia. Ischemia sends out a signal (vegf) causing the growth of new vessels (neovascularization) which leak, and can lead to retinal detachment and proliferation. It is treatable - hurry. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Yes: Diabetic retinopathy is very treatable with laser, steroids, and a new class of medicines called vegf inhibitors. The specific treatment needed depends on the type and extent of the retinopathy. The most important thing is that early treatment always gives the best results. Diabetics need to be monitored at least every year to evaluate for any retinopathy. ...Read more

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What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

Detached Retina: It is actually a tractional retinal detachment. When diabetes causes the retinal blood vessels to die, the retina grows new blood vessels that are disorganized and of poor quality. They grow into the gel that fills the eye called the vitreous. This causes the vitreous to contract and pulls the retina off the back to the eye. That is a tractional retinal detachment. It often needs surgery. ...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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Whats diabetic retinopathy?

Whats 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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Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Are premature babies who suffered retinopathy of prematurity have any chance of seeing?

Yes: Babies with retinopathy of prematurity (rop) have a good chance of seeing in societies where advanced medical care exists. About 500 children per year in the us are reported to develop blindness due to rop. Ongoing follow up for babies with rop is important because other vision issues can also occur in these children over time. ...Read more

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58 yrs.Old, 30% nerve damage, minimal peripheral vision loss. Mother's glaucoma uncontrolled. My prognosis diminished because of these factors?

58 yrs.Old, 30% nerve damage, minimal peripheral vision loss. Mother's glaucoma uncontrolled. My prognosis diminished  because of these factors?

Risk factors: Risk factors of glaucoma do include family history. With regular follow up visits and treatment , drops or stl laser surgery, your ophthalmologist will be able to maintain what you have now. Peripheral vision loss in irreversible. The important thing is to get the eye pressure low and prevent any flucuation of the pressure. Quarterly eye exams are the standard of care for this. ...Read more

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What is proliferative diabetic retinopathy?

New vessel growth: The main risk factors for causing pdr are having diabetes for longer than 10 years and poor blood sugar control. Pdr results when retinal blood vessels begin to grow abnormally in response to poor retinal circulation. The new vessels are fragile and bleed easily and bleeding is the main cause of vision loss in pdr. Treatments include laser, vitrectomy surgery, and intravitreal injections. ...Read more

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Is toxemia & preeclampsia hereditary?

Is toxemia & preeclampsia hereditary?

Familial: The pathogenic mechanisms underlying pre-eclampsia remain to be elucidated; however, immune maladaptation, inadequate placental development and trophoblast invasion, placental ischaemia, oxidative stress and thrombosis are all thought to represent key factors in the development of disease. Furthermore, all of these components have genetic factors that may be involved in the pathogenic changes. ...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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Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Who else has retinopathy of prematurity besides tiny babies?

Also iillnesses: Prematurity is a risk factor that can lead to blindness. One important risk factor is birth weight, 1251 grams or less (2 lbs 12 ounces). A landmark study called the early treatment for retinopathy of prematurity, laser decreased incidence of blindness http://www.Nei.Nih.Gov/neitrials/static/study83.Asp the patient will need lifelong eye care for glaucoma, cataracts, strabismus, amblyopia, etc. ...Read more

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What risk factors are associated with diabetic retinopathy?

Elevated Glucose: Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindnessin working-age adults (age 20-74) diabetic retinopathy (diabetes eye disease) does not have symptoms until the late stages. Diabetic retinopathy is treated with glucose control by the patient and primary care provider and lasers to retina by a physician (ophthalmologist). Newer techniques such as injections of special medications are available. ...Read more

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What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

What percent of mothers with gestational diabetes deliver their babies prematurely?

Depends On Control: There is no single digit answer you can apply to an individual patient. One brazillian study in 2011 found that 14% of 400 women delivered prematurely, but the rate really depends on how well the mother controls her disease, other issues like preeclampsia, and the reason for delivery (poor control can cause other problems for the mom/baby that could require a cesarean section before 38 weeks). ...Read more

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At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy can occur at any stage in a diabetic patient. That is why an annual dilated eye examination by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist is highly recommended for diabetics, even if they are not having any symptoms. ...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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