Can Diabetic Blindness Be Reversed

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An End To Blindness?

En español | If you had seen Lisa Kulik and her husband strolling the grounds of the University of Southern California's Eye Institute last summer, you would have thought nothing of it. But for Kulik, that simple walk around the campus was "a miracle." Blind for more than two decades from an inherited eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, Kulik was seeing again — clearly enough to make out the sidewalk and the grassy edge — thanks to a sophisticated microchip implanted in one of her eyes. The device, called the Argus II, is just one of a growing number of bold new approaches to treating blindness, offering hope to the millions of mostly older Americans in danger of losing their sight from macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases. In fact, progress in ophthalmology is so rapid that some researchers have already begun to envision an end to many forms of vision loss. "We still have a lot to learn," admits Stephen Rose, chief research officer for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. "But it's not a question of if we'll end blindness. It's really just a question of when." Stargazing telescope For years, Joe Vellone, 76, watched his sight graduall Continue reading >>

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  1. Meg2009Arm

    I had a retinopathy exam 6 weeks ago and was told I had a slight bleed in my left eye. It was hard news to take becasue I have always been pretty good with my diet. I was also told I had to wait about 4 weeks for the report to go to my doctor, during this time I went into panic mode and put myself on a very low carb (wholemeal only) diet and have lost quite abit of weight (I wasn't overweight before). Whilst waiting for my doctors to receive the report I booked an eye test at my local opitians and told them about my concerns and retinopathy results and so she did a very thorough examination and told me she couldn't find a single thing wrong with my eye health or eye sight and definatley no sign of retinopathy. Does this mean the first test could have been wrong or could it have correctd itself in this short 5 week period?

  2. alaska

    If the initial retinopathy exam was the one where they take a photograph of the back of the eye -this should be more exact in theory.
    As long as you keep your levels in good control, I think that's the main thing.

  3. IanD

    Don't panic! I've had the retina examinations for 7-8 years, first at the local branch of Moorfields, now at the local clinic.
    A slight bleed has been reported from the first examination - not needing any attention. The last 2 years, no such bleed has been reported. Surprisingly they have not commented on the improvement - the technician is no longer allowed to talk to the patient.
    3½ years ago, as a result of debilitating muscle pains, I consulted this forum & cut down on carbs. The muscle pains went, & chronic tiredness & also the retinopathy. A further bonus has been a reduction in chronic tiredness.
    As for your experience, it is surprising that a difference should show up in a short time. All you can do is maintain a healthy low carb diet (NOT the DUK 50% carb diet.) The tests are annual, & in my case, even over the several years retinopathy bleed were reported, & before I went low carb, the condition did not progress.

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