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What kind of doctor sees somebody for diabetic retinopathy?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for diabetic retinopathy?

Ophthalmologist: Patients with diabetic retinopathy are followed by an ophthalmologist for the retinopathy. But it is also important to be treated by a physician to take care of the diabetes, usually an internist, family doctor or an endocrinologist. ...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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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my diabetic retinopathy?

See an eye doctor: Diabetic retinopathy can only be treated by an ophthalmologist. Eye doctors have special equipment that can help visualize early signs of diabetic retinopathy, before it becomes severe, and can begin treatment early. You only get one pair of eyes; be sure to have them cared for by an ophthalmologist who treats diabetic eye disease. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with diabetic retinopathy?

Yes: Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in working aged adults. It may become increasingly common as more americans become ill with diabetes. It is recommended that diabetics get annual screenings for retinopathy by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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What can I use for diabetic retinopathy if I don't have a doctor?

Find a doctor: Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Any damage produced by this condition is irreversible. The best treatment is prevention by having regular dilated eye exams. You must find an eye doctor who treats diabetic eye disease as soon as you can and have your eyes examined. ...Read more

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Doctor's opinion? My question is if diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Doctor's opinion? My question is if diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Key is early. : Ophthalmic manifestations of diabetes are dependent on the severity of long term damage caused to the small blood vessels in the eye. If visually significant manifestations are seen early, then there is good prognosis with treatment. Some diabetics will require mild treatment and remain stable, while others may require extensive treatment and still have continued damage. Key: dilated exam yearly. ...Read more

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Is “pre-diabetes” a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor said I have “pre-diabetes, ” that is my blood sugar is high but not high enough to be called diabetes. I'm working to lower it, but i'm worried if i can't i might also get diabetic retino

Is “pre-diabetes” a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor said I have “pre-diabetes, ” that is my blood sugar is high but not high enough to be called diabetes. I'm working to lower it, but i'm worried if i can't i might also get diabetic retino

Yes: The diabetes prevention program (dpp- please look at their website for information) has shown that proper diet and exercise (5-7% weight loss, 30 min of moderate activity 5 days per week) can prevent progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. This is the best stage to get motivated and start working on your diet and exercise regimen. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic retinopathy?

Blindness: Diabetic retinopathy is a main cause of blindness. Exudates are the primary signs of diabetic retinopathy and thereby early detection of exudates is one of the best ways to prevent vision loss. ...Read more

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Do I have to see an md to get checked for diabetic retinopathy?

Do I have to see an md  to get checked for diabetic retinopathy?

Depends: An optometrist (od) or an ophthalmologist (md) can check you for diabetic retinopathy. If they see any they should send you to a retina specialist (eye md who is fellowship trained for medical and surgical treatment of retinal diseases). ...Read more

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Retinopathy (Definition)

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