Diabetic retinopathy

What is Diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy(damage to the retina) is caused by complications of diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of diabetes, a systemic disease, which affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 10 years or more. The longer a person has diabetes, the higher his or her chances of developing diabetic retinopathy.

Questions and answers on "Diabetic retinopathy"

My wife is nearly completely blind from diabetic retinopathy. She had vitrectomy and lense replacement on both eyes, but they could not stop the bleeding into the eyes afterward, although they said the treatments they performed would restore vision. Would hydrogen peroxide treatments do any good?

doctor1 MD

Dear sir i can understand your concern.
i am very sorry about your mom condition.
there are many treatments for diabetic retinopathy
1.laser
2.intraocular injection of avastin
3.partial vitrectomy with silicone implantation.
there is nothing like hydrogen peroxide treatment for retinopathy
in...

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can cortisone injection cause diabetic retionpathy?
I am a juvenile diabetic that I was diagnosed with when I was 2 years old. On October 17, 2012 I received a cortisone injection for trigger finger and the doctor said it could elevate my blood sugars for approximately 2 weeks and it has not been back to normal since then and it’s been almost a year. On XXXXXXX 5, 2012 I had my trigger finger surgery to correct the problem. Then the beginning of August I went to the eye doctor because my prescription ran out for my contacts and my eye doctor was booked so I went to another one and she found blood in the back of my eyes so she referred me to a retinal surgeon and he diagnosed me with severe Diabetic Retinopathy. I didn’t have this over a year ago and I got this problem from the cortisone injection which the ortho doctor said I would have elevated sugars for about 2 weeks and almost 1 year later I am losing my vision over this. I am hoping you can help me out in this matter.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.

In your query, you mentioned October 2012, which I considered as October 2011 as this is still august 2012, and I understand that you were given cortisone for a short duration or just one shot and you have not consulted an eye doctor since one year. All this you...

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Hi
My mother is a diabetic patient from past 20 yrs and had gone through angioplasty 3 yrs back. She rubbed her right eye and now complaining that she see a red spot from her right eye. I am afraid as this is internal bleeding and eye appears normal. Please suggest what this can be and how to cure this at the earliest. Thanks!

doctor1 MD

Hello,

Your mother is a Diabetic since 20 years.
Over the years your mother should have developed eye related diabetic complications like Diabetic retinopathy. This is one part of the story.
The history suggest at your mother could have produced trauma to the right eye by rubbing it.
The cornea...

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Recently I visited a doctor they conferned I have a diabetes. In my left eye I have problem it will itching and looks little poor . Doctor asked me for laser treament.Suggest what to do.

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX

Thank you for the query.

Recent diagnosis of diabetes with high sugars is the reason for poor vision in most of the cases and it is not due to diabetic retinopathy. So please make sure you see an Ophthalmologist who is a retina specialist. Laser treatment is essential only when you...

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my husband is having diabetic retinopathy and recently due to dyslipidemia he developed cyst where vision comes, so he told it is not possible to do with laser, so what is the remedy for this and he is experiencing blurred vision in that particular place

doctor1 MD

Hello,

It must be macular edema or fluid build up in the centre of the retina. We cannot give laser in the central part of the macula called fovea. However grid laser can be given around it. Injection Avastin can be tried , 3 injections 3-4 weeks apart. Strict control of blood sugar and lipids is...

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I am a diabetic from Zambia, Africa. I initially started having glaucoma some years ago. In the last one year I have been attending PRO Laser treatment within Zambia. My left eye started seeing distorted lines and now is nearly completely dark. Last two days I have noticed the right eye has started seeing distorted lines. Can this be arrested before I lose it completely too? I am battling to control the sugar. My fasting is usually around 8 mmol. Which is the best facility I can rush to in India or elsewhere in the world? Is there hope that this can be arrested?

doctor1 MD

Dear XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query.

From what you have described, you may be suffering from diabetic retinopathy. PRP (Pan Retinal Photocoagulation) laser treatment is done for diabetic retinopathy. But you mentioned that you have glaucoma. Please clarify. If you can send a copy of the reports,...

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Hi Doctor,
My cousin (Age-54) is suffering from cataract and Diabetic retinopathy for quite a few months. But we came know about this last week. We have consulted Vasan Eye care and she got treatment for Diabetic retinopathy (Laser Treatment for 3 sittings). Her right eye is affected more where she is having a blur vision and now she is managing only with left eye. Doctors advised cataract operation can be operated only after the subside of sugar level. We just want know the second opinion.
                                                                 
                                                                 

doctor1 MD

Hello
Welcome to Health care Magic.

I am Dr. DADAPEER K, an Ophthalmologist and I answer health problems related to eye.

I reviewed your history. It seems from the history that your cousin is having diabetic retinopathy and cataract. Since he is treated for diabetic retinopathy by laser he can...

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patient having diabetes since last 18 yrs, in 2009 diabetic retinopathy & nephropathy developed at that time creatinine was 1.9 & blood urea nit. 68 recently since feb 2011 creat. gradually increasing from 3 to 7.3 & blood urea has reached to 125. recently we came to know through USG that the left. kidney is in normal size but the rt. kidney is shrinked (25 sq cm) kindly suggest the proper treatment required, coz the kidneys are weak but not failed.

doctor1 MD

Hi,
What you have mentioned the level of creatinine and urea is high normal creatinine level is 0.1 - 1,usually to patient with creatinine 7 we admit them in ipd,start with insulin and strict diet control is given and series of creatine blood test are done,
Then patient is started on ace...

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Hello doctor, I have recently been diagnosed with diabetes. I am curious to know about Diabetic retinopathy.

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Hi, I am 49 years of age, 160cm, 73 kg. i have an hereditary bone disease, osteopetrosis which causes me to break bones easily and gives me significant pain I also have renal tubal acidosis associated with this. I am on medication for cholesterol, blood pressure and depression ( related to current circumstances) I have had diabetes for 14 years. My eyesight in my right eye has deteriorated and i was recently told by an ophthalmologist that I have diabetic retinopathy. I am supposed to be having some form of injection and scan in the next couple of weeks (can't remember the technical term). When I asked if anything could be done to improve my vision, he was very vague and suggested that perhaps injections into the eye might help. There was no mention of laser surgery, why is this? Will my vision improve, or am I left with permanent damage?

doctor1 MD

Dear,

Thanks for your query.

Established procedure for diabetic retinopathy is to have flourocine angiography followed by laser photocoagulation. What basically happens is that due to ischemia there is new vessel formation. These new vessels are immature with deficient walls so they leak. This...

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Recent questions on  Diabetic retinopathy

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Last Wednesday I had a blepharoplasty , (upper lids only) and was given injections of Lidocaine and epinephrine to numb the area. Since then, my vision has been blurry and I saw an ophthalmologist today who noted a significant change in my vision...

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Hello. In late July I began to experience a spot in my left eye, about the size of half a lemon, left eye only. I went to see my ophthalmologist who diagnosed it as a retinal microaneurysm and said it would go away on its own in about a month,...

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I was seeing black and white zig zagging chevrons out of the left side but in both eyes. It lasted for about 10 minutes. I have type 2 diabetes and my sugar was 121 this morning. I am 66 , female and very active ( exercise 5-6 days a week.

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I have Fuchs and diabetic retinopathy. I am having laser treatments for the retinopathy. The bright lights are like torture I can't hardly stand it. Is the Fuchs causing this pain during my laser treatments? My Fuchs seems to be getting worse, can the treatments be affecting that as well?

doctor1 MD

Hi Doctor,

My cousin (Age-54) is suffering from cataract and Diabetic retinopathy for quite a few months. But we came know about this last week. We have consulted Vasan Eye care and she got treatment for Diabetic retinopathy (Laser Treatment for 3 sittings). Her right eye is affected more where she is having a blur vision and now she is managing only with left eye. Doctors advised cataract operation can be operated only after the subside of sugar level. We just want know the second opinion.

                                                                 

                                                                 

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My mother is having a diabetic Proliferative Retinopathy. We did the laser treatment twice 2 months back. But now she is complaining that her eye vision is being reduced day by day. The doctors have earlier told us thta the blood vessel which supplies blood to the eyesight is severly damaged. What is the option. What should we do now to save the eyesight

doctor1 MD

Hi ,



My Dad got operated for catract few days back and post catract he is expereincing severe headache and pain in the eyes and no vision.Upon consulting the doctor he informed that it was due to intraoptic pressure and a mild corneal odema, no cells and no ccc.My dad has undergone diabetic retinopathy before and is of 57 years. Should i be panic about this. Could please let me know why he is experiencing impared vision.

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