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Who's most at risk for diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diabetes

The longer one has uncontrolled diabetes you are at risk.
An a1c >7 also puts you at added risk. The goal is to control the diabetes (diet, exercise and medication) and get the a1c less than 7.

In brief: Diabetes

The longer one has uncontrolled diabetes you are at risk.
An a1c >7 also puts you at added risk. The goal is to control the diabetes (diet, exercise and medication) and get the a1c less than 7.
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter
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Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Poor Sugar Control

People most at risk for diabetic retinopathy are those with poor sugar control.
Pregnancy causes retinopathy to progress faster. The longer someone has diabetes the more likely they are to have retinopathy.

In brief: Poor Sugar Control

People most at risk for diabetic retinopathy are those with poor sugar control.
Pregnancy causes retinopathy to progress faster. The longer someone has diabetes the more likely they are to have retinopathy.
Dr. Edward Meier
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Dr. Yale Kanter
The goal is A1c less than 7
Dr. Alan Mindlin
Ophthalmology

In brief: Diabetic retinopathy

In addition there are familial and ethnic risks that make the control even more important.

In brief: Diabetic retinopathy

In addition there are familial and ethnic risks that make the control even more important.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
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