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Diabetic Retinopathy: Your Questions Answered

Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes and the leading cause of new-onset blindness in American adults. Effective treatments are available to preserve vision for eyes at risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. The most opportune time for these treatments is before any vision has been lost, since even advanced diabetic retinopathy can be present when a person has no vision complaints or problems. What causes diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina, the thin, light-sensitive inner lining in the back of your eye. These changes are called diabetic retinopathy. How does diabetes damage the vessels in the retina? Elevated levels of blood glucose can damage the body in various ways, including harming the blood vessels in your eyes. Diabetes can affect the lining of the blood vessels in your eyes, causing them to thicken and develop leaks. Poor circulation in the retinal vessels can compound these problems by causing the production of fragile new vessels. What are the stages of retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy is broadly classified as nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy and proliferative retinopathy. Af Continue reading >>

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  1. Dollyrocker

    After 17 years as a T1 and having had pretty excellent control over the last 6 years at least I am now told I have 'mild background retinopathy' The leaflet that came with the 'letter of doom' tells me that there's no action to be taken right now and that they will screen me again in 3 months. I'm pretty gutted to be honest, I thought I was doing everything right and I now find out that can cause complications too, we can;t win can we?
    I have some questions that the leaflet didn't answer though if anyone can help?
    Is this a slippery slope to lazer treatment in the future?
    Would this be a contributor to the many many headaches I've been having of late?
    How come excellent control makes your eyes worse?
    Is there anything I can do to reverse or at least slow down the onset of full blown retinopathy?
    Will getting pregnant again and resuming my tight control end up making me blind?

  2. Pattidevans

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    After 17 years as a T1 and having had pretty excellent control over the last 6 years at least I am now told I have 'mild background retinopathy' The leaflet that came with the 'letter of doom' tells me that there's no action to be taken right now and that they will screen me again in 3 months. I'm pretty gutted to be honest, I thought I was doing everything right and I now find out that can cause complications too, we can;t win can we?

    Oh dear, what rotten luck Dolly.

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    Is this a slippery slope to lazer treatment in the future?

    I'm not saying you won't have to have lazer, but I know that some members who have had mild background retinopathy have reversed it with tight control.

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    Would this be a contributor to the many many headaches I've been having of late?

    I can't answer that one, but I think it's worth consulting your GP. I was having hideous headaches between Xmas and March. I was absolutely convinced it was a brain tumour. As soon as I ditched the job I hated they went. All down to stress.

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    How come excellent control makes your eyes worse?
    Is there anything I can do to reverse or at least slow down the onset of full blown retinopathy?
    Will getting pregnant again and resuming my tight control end up making me blind?

    I think it's not so much about what your control is, I think it may actually be more to do with changing the levels of control. When T2s get diagnosed they often have blurry vision due to having had high BGs, we always tell em not to gain control too quickly because that can cause retinal damage. Perhaps you tightening up your control for pregnancy could have caused the change. IMHO (and bear in mind I'm no expert and I'm going on anecdotal evidence) it's highly likely that this background level can be reversed with good control.
    I think Winni might have some helpful things to say here.

  3. Dollyrocker

    Thank you for your reply Paitti.
    It really worries me that tight control is the 'cure' as for the last 3 months my control has been immaculate, beteen 3.5 and 5.5 and no higher than 7.9 1 houtr after eating for 90% of the time and that's when I first noticed my eyes changing.
    My headaches could well be down to stress though, I never made the conncetion until you said it, I guess a miscarriage, wisdom tooth extractioon, a death in the family and the return of panic attacks isn't really condusive to calmness!

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