Diabetic Retinopathy

shannonlynn
By shannonlynn Latest Reply 2009-08-30 20:44:47 -0500
Started 2009-02-03 21:19:06 -0600

Damage to the light sensitive nerve tissue at the back of the eye called the retina that transmits visual images to the brain.

Controlling blood glucose levels with insulin therapy can reduce diabetic retinopathy by up to 76%.
Diabetic retinopathy affects more than 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older. This is a substantial public health problem.
When severe blurring of vision occurs when fluid accumulates around the macula this is called macular edema. This can occr at any stage of diabetic retinopathy.
If detected early it can be treated with a procedure called laser photocoagulation.
Early treatment can spare vision.
An important prevention method is to maintain blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.
The most dangerous is that retinal detachment can occur with this disease of the eye and this will cause permanent vision loss.


6 replies

Jipwhip
Jipwhip 2009-08-30 20:44:47 -0500 Report

I have diabetic retinopathy in both eyes. I have had laser done to both eyes. I now get monthly injections of bevacizumab to control abnormal blood vessel growth. One in each eye. So far I have been able to keep my vision the way it was when I first started getting the injections. I have been getting them for 2 1/2 years now. I also have been keeping my bs levels normal, which have helped. I am going on 9/3 to get my injections.

P2putt
P2putt 2009-08-30 14:39:26 -0500 Report

I guess I have a moderate to severe case of retinopathy.Like Roger,I have had several laser Rx in both eyes and 2 steroid injections in my right eye.Can this condition be improved or just arrested by normal bs levels, Please respond.Pete

roger
roger 2009-03-20 09:10:51 -0500 Report

just an up date on my retinopthy i have had 7 laser treatments in each eye and as of yesterday i have had 3 steroid shots in each eye and have been at 20/50 vision for the last year or so .

Anonymous
Anonymous 2009-02-04 15:53:25 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed and went to the eye doctor I had the beginnings of retinopathy. Getting my numbers under control and getting a glare screen for the computer. It cleared up. Another reason to keep the numbers in normal range.

roger
roger 2009-02-27 19:06:40 -0600 Report

I HAVE HAD 7 LASER TREATMENTS IN EACH EYE . AND YESTERDAY WAS THE 3 TIME I HAD STEROID INJECTED IN MY RIGHT EYE AND WILL HAVE THE LEFT DONE ON MARCH 19 THI INJ HELPS WITH THE SWELLING BEHIND THE EYE WHICH HELPS BRING THE EYE BACK IN TO FOCUS