Diabetic retinopathy detected

By ahtandon Latest Reply 2014-11-20 05:40:24 -0600
Started 2014-11-13 09:24:02 -0600

Hi everyone

I hope all of you are doing good. This is Ashish, Dr. N's son. My mom has had Type 2 diabetes for the last 28 years. It is fragile diabetes that she has and her blood sugar levels fluctuate frequently, apparaently for no particular reasons. She may have the same dinner on two evenings and per fasting blood sugar levels the next morning may vary anywhere between 40 and 250 mg. She recently developed vision haziness and consulted her eye doctor. She has been detected with Diabetes Retinopathy. I am not sure whether it is NPDR or PDR as she has some tests to go (the doctor has already done the angiography and tension test, and says that the tension in one of her eyes is high). I wanted to know from the other forum members of their experiences with DR, and the ways to cope with it. Frankly speaking, I am a bit tensed at the moment and worried about my mom. Any help/info is highly appreciated.



6 replies

ahtandon 2014-11-20 05:40:24 -0600 Report

Hi everyone, got some more information. My mom's A1C results came back and her reading is 7.6%. Her doctor had set the goal for her to be between 7.5 and 8 on her last visit. She got some redness in her right eye again a couple of days back and the eye doctor told her that it is unrelated to the DR as there were no changes to the retina. My mom had had redness in her eye once before as well and she applied a cold pack which helped reduce the redness. Has anyone else experienced something of this sort before, and does anyone know of any good/bad effects of cold packs in case of DR?

Glucerna 2014-11-13 18:37:31 -0600 Report

Your mom is lucky to have you advocating for her Ashish. There is information on retinopathy at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/... If your mom hasn't seen a registered dietitian in a couple of years, this might be a good time for a referral. You could even go with her to the appointment so you can learn more and help her implement the suggested changes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

ahtandon 2014-11-14 05:33:05 -0600 Report

Thank you Lynn for your kind comments. She had visited the dietitian last year, but will soon have another appointment. Thanks once again for the info.

Type1Lou 2014-11-13 10:50:14 -0600 Report

I was told by my ophthalmologist over 10 years ago that I have the beginnings of diabetic retinopathy. (I have had diabetes for 38 years and am 65 years old.) By limiting my daily carbohydrate intake to 120 grams per day, I have been able to keep my HbA1c's in the 6's (good diabetic control) and my retinopathy has not progressed nor needed any treatment. Many diabetes complications may result because of poor blood sugar control. My advice to your mother would be to keep track of her daily carbohydrate intake and if her BG's are too high, she needs to reduce the amount of carbs that she allows herself to eat each day. It may save her vision.

ahtandon 2014-11-13 11:28:18 -0600 Report

Thanks Lou. I will pass on that information to Mom. She has performed commendable control on her diet and does regular exercising as well, but this carbohydrate thing may be one thing that we may want to incorporate. Thanks once again for the information. By the way, if you don't mind, may I ask of the initial symptoms that you had for diabetic retinopathy.

Type1Lou 2014-11-13 11:56:27 -0600 Report

I have no symptoms…the diabetic retinopathy was discovered and is noted at my yearly ophthalmology exam. It has not progressed in me so that it hasn't yet impaired my vision. But, it is something the doctor is watching and provides the motivation for me to keep my blood sugars in control to prevent it from getting any worse.