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What are the different types of diabetic retinopathy?

What are the different types of diabetic retinopathy?

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 (bevacizumab). ...Read more

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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the retina of the eye. There are often no symptoms until ...Read more


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What are the early symptoms of type II diabetic retinopathy?

What are the early symptoms of type II diabetic retinopathy?

See below: Early diabetic retinopathy has no symptoms. By the time symptoms occur, the disease is advanced and vision loss may be permanent. It is for this reason that all diabetics should have a dilated examination every year. We are much better at preventing vision loss than restoring lost vision. ...Read more

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Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

Does type 2 diabetes and diabetic retinopathy qualify you for a medical marijuana?

No way, dude!: There is no medical indication for the use of marijuana in diabetic retinopathy nor type 2 diabetes - although i get this request a few times a week practicing in a state that has no legal medical marijuana. The effects of marijuana: increased appetite, mellow feeling, and slowing down are the opposite of what you need. You need to be dieting and exercising to lose weight. ...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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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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Can diabetic retinopathy be cured?

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 more

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How common is diabetic retinopathy?

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 more

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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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Retinopathy (Definition)

Retinopathy is a generic term for any disease ...Read more