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.
Nothing. If you are diabetic, and especially if you already have retinopathy, you need to be examined and managed by your ophthalmologist. We only treat diabetic retinopathy if there is macular edema anyways or neovascularization. There is nothing for you to do other than keeping your sugars in the optimal zone 100-110 and seeing your eye doctor on a regular basis.

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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...
Ophthalmologist. This condition needs an eye specialist to treat the condition itself. However, you should be in consultation with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist in order to better control your diabetes. Read more...
See a retina special. A fellowship trained retina specialist (a kind of ophthalmologist - eye M.D.) is the best person to treat diabetic retinopathy. Read more...
Retina Specialist. This is an ophthalmologist who has specialized training in diabetic retinopathy and other diseases of the retina. Check the website of the american society of retina sepcialists, or the american academy of ophthalmology. Read more...

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my diabetic retinopathy?

Ophthalmologist. Most non-ophthalmologists are not trained nor have the equipment for examining the retina. There are tests that sometimes that need to be done as well that are only available in the ophthalmology office. Read more...
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...
See an eye doctor. When an ophthalmologist or optometrist sees diabetic retinopathy by doing a dilated retinal exam, a retina specialist can do further confirmatory testing (fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography) to stage and thus appropriately treat the retinopathy. Diabetics need to see their eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated retinal exam. Read more...

Do doctors see a lot of patients with diabetic retinopathy?

About 1/3. The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy. Read more...
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...

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...

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

Your . Your concern is understandable. There is not a clear answer to your question. Some people even at diagnosis of diabetes have some retinopathy with sugars that are not that high. But in general, the higher your a1c (sugar average) the higher your risk of retinopathy. So work to prevent diabetes from happening by losing about 10 pounds and staying physically active. Keep your a1c below 6 % if possible but definitely less than 6.5. As to what drugs you might use, see my blog post below. Read more...
Yes!! About 10-15 % of newly diagnosed patients with diabetes, already have diabetic complications eye, kidney, nerve disease. Read more...
Yes. . You must aggressively change your lifestyle. Mobile Health games can help. Physicians recommend water, increased veggie intake and walking 10k steps a day. Changing your behavior is HARD! Here is a health game that will help! Commit to tracking your nutrition and weighing in weekly. Losing just 10 pounds can reverse diabetic state. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/personal-medicine+/id846379884?m. Read more...
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...