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.
Managable. Dr is not curable, but manageable. 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.
No. Diabetic retinopathy is an overgrowth of small blood vessels in the retina. These vessels interfere with the normal light perception of the eye. An ophthalmologist uses a laser to cauterize the overgrowth but this does not prevent new blood vessels from growing. The laser treatment can be repeated to treat new overgrowth but it will not result in a normal retina regardless of how many treatments.

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Is diabetic retinopathy curable? Please advise!

Diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is due to new abnormal blood vessels growing in the retina. It is a chronic condition that can be managed by anti-angiogenic injections if needed, strict diet control (low or no carb diet), laser if needed. It is able to be controlled in many situations. Read more...

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...

Is it true that diabetic retinopathy is curable?

Can be improved. Diabetic retinopathy can be improved with medical control of diabetes and other cardiovascular conditions, laser therapy, eye injection therapy and sometimes surgery. These are treatments and not necessarily cures to diabetic retinopathy. It will return if the diabetes is not controlled even after the above interventions. Read more...

I wanted to know is diabetic retinopathy is curable?

Diabetic retinopathy. The best person to ask your question is an ophthalmologist (o). Diabetic retinopathy (dr) has different severity in different people. Mitigating factors making it less severe are good BP and glucose control. The worse these are controlled, the worse the dr will be. See a o, have an examination and your question will be answered better in a more meaningful way. Good luck. Read more...
In early stages. . Most forms of diabetic retinopathy are highly treatable with good prognosis if caught in its early stages. Therefore, every diabetic should have an annual dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist to screen for onset of diabetic retinopathy. Read more...

If diabetic retinopathy is effected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

Treatable . Hi. Advances in ophthalmology have almost eliminated blindness due to diabetes. However, I would say prevention always trumps treatment. Tight diabetes and blood pressure control will PREVENT retinopathy. Once retinopathy is diagnosed, regular follow up with an ophthalmology retinal specialist is advised. Even if retinopathy has been diagnosed, tight control has been shown to reverse or stabilize. Read more...

If diabetic retinopathy is affected due to diabetes, is it curable totally or can we prevent further damage?

2 things to do. Hi. Diabetic retinopathy is devastating and causes way too much blindness. But we've come a long way. Tight diabetes control lessens the risk of, at least, early retinopathy from progressing. Also retinal laser photocoagulation in the hands of experienced ophthalmologists saves eyesight even in advanced diabetic retinopathy. Good diabetes control and a good eye doc...priceless in preserving vision. Read more...

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

Diabetic retinopathy. (dr) is reversible to some extent. Vision can be preserved or improved with proper treatment. Once microvascular damage has occurred and pericyte death has occurred, the threat of recurrent edema (fluid) and/or ischemia (low oxygen) is always present. Thus to say treatments always cure dr is not accurate. In short, dr treatment is successful in most treated patients. Read more...
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...