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Diabetic retinopathy?

I'm a student of occupational therapy and for one of my classes I have to develop adaptive equipment based upon this scenario:
"a 60 year old hispanic female with diabetic retinopathy, who is inconsistent with following a diabetic diet. She wishes to continue preparing meals."
for any one that does not know diabetic retinopathy is vision loss due to diabetes
please share any suggestions or web sites that I can look up.
thank you, rich

So....... you need to assist a visually impaired person to be effective and safe in the kitchen!

My 'source' websites might be of assistance!

Best of luck with your OT class.  (+ info)

?diabetic retinopathy?


Webmd.com has a complete overview of this condition: http://www.webmd.com/hw/diabetes_1_2/tf1311.asp

In general the cause is damage to small blood vessels. They weaken, bulge, burst and leak onto the retina. There is no cure. However, laser treatment helps prevent vision loss. Please read all the information for a complete understanding of this condition.

I pray you or the person for whom you are asking this question takes care of their diabetes as best they can to minimize its effects. God Bless!  (+ info)

Diabetic Retinopathy?

Hi There! I am a 48 year old female, with type 1 Diabetes, i was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 13, and have about 5% vision in my right eye,

Is there any current innovative treatment ie stem cell/personal tissue use, for the rejuvination or aid for badly damaged eyes due to Retinopathy? I have already recieved Criogenic, Laser & Cateract removal..

There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy. However, laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually very effective at preventing vision loss if it is done before the retina has been severely damaged. Surgical removal of the vitreous gel (vitrectomy) may also help improve vision if the retina has not been severely damaged. Because symptoms may not develop until the disease becomes severe, early detection through regular screening is important. The earlier retinopathy is detected, the easier it is to treat and the more likely vision will be preserved.

You may not need treatment for diabetic retinopathy unless it has affected the center (macula) of the retina or, in rare cases, if your side (peripheral) vision has been severely damaged. But you do need to have your vision checked every year.

If the macula has been damaged by macular edema, you may need laser treatment. For more severe retinopathy, you may need either laser treatment or vitrectomy. These procedures can help prevent, stabilize, or slow vision loss when they are done before the retina has been severely damaged.

Surgical removal of the vitreous gel (vitrectomy) is done only when there is bleeding (vitreous hemorrhage) or retinal detachment, which are rare in people with early-stage retinopathy. Vitrectomy is also done when there is severe scar tissue formation.

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy is often very effective in preventing, delaying, or reducing vision loss, but it is not a cure for the disease. People who have been treated for diabetic retinopathy need to be monitored frequently by an eye doctor to check for new changes in their eyes. Many people with diabetic retinopathy need to be treated more than once as the condition progresses.

Also, controlling your blood sugar levels is always important. This is true even if you have been treated for diabetic retinopathy and your eyes are better. In fact, good blood sugar control is especially important in this case so that you can help keep your retinopathy from getting worse.

Ideally, laser treatment should be done early in the course of the disease to prevent serious vision loss rather than to try to treat serious vision loss after it has already developed.

People with diabetes who have any signs of retinopathy need to be examined as soon as possible by an ophthalmologist.  (+ info)

What happens when you have Diabetic Retinopathy once lose alot of your vision and get it again?

My mother in law lost alot of her vision years ago from Diabetic Retinopathy now she has it again. Whats that mean is she gonna lose more vision. Is her diabetes out of control?

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is there any medicine in allopathy to control diabetic retinopathy? name the medicine?

i am diabetic since 20 years i have gone under laser treatment on feb 2007 since then i am trying to control my blood sugar level to control retinopathy is there any permanant cure for retinopathy in allopathy is so any medicine ? what is the name of the medicine?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetic_retinopathy  (+ info)

Can someone with just slightly high blood sugar (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?

In May, my doc said my blood sugar was just a little high, and to just keep an eye on my diet. I believe I have been doing OK in following his orders. I am 20 years old, a healthy weight, and in good health otherwise.

Am I still at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy even though I don't have diabetes?

No.  (+ info)

Which of the following examinations is the most important in the diabetic retinopathy? Please choose the best?

Which of the following examinations is the most important in the diabetic retinopathy? Please choose the best answer from the four choices
a. ophthalmoscope 
b. slit-lamp 
c. biconvex lens 
d. fluorescein angiography

I would have to agree with Queryman... Ophthalmoscopic eye examinations should be done at least once a year to check for retinopathy. Indirect ophthalmoscope have been a favorite as they can see a little better even if the patient has cataract's.

My next favorite would have to be the fluorescein angiography but it involves injections and what diabetic wants more injections. lol

All in all the ophthalmoscpic eye examination is simple and gives you good results. (if your ophthalmologist isn't blind themselves lol)  (+ info)

Diabetic retinopathy: hat pain reliever can I use without bleeding into my eyes?

Blood thinners cause more bleeding into eyes, and extra strength tylenol does not help. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

sadly, as far as I know all you can use is Tylenol or Vicodin. What is your pain? there are prescription headache medicines that you can take (relpax is good)

Also DO NOT TAKE NSAIDS, they have asprin in them and will cause the bleeding also!! Be very carefull to not let your doctor give these to you as my aunts gave them to her on accident.

Im sorry that you have this problem and I really hope that this might help you.

Good Luck  (+ info)

Treatment for diabetic retinopathy: how long is recovery time?

Employee with very problematic attendance history says she is scheduled for treatment of diabetic retinopathy--treatment of bleeding or to fix it. Assuming true, what's a realistic length of time to expect her to be absent from work?
She also says that perhaps she has partially detached retina. Wouldn't that be an emergency requiring immediate treatment? Or am I wrong on that? Recovery time?

In mild cases, treatment for diabetic retinopathy is not necessary. Regular eye exams are critical, though, to monitor any progression. Strict control of blood sugar and blood pressure levels can greatly reduce or prevent diabetic retinopathy.
In more advanced cases, treatment is recommended to stop the damage of diabetic retinopathy and prevent vision loss.
I add a link which discusses this subject.


Detached retina is a serious eye condition that almost always leads to blindness if not treated promptly. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue that lies smoothly against the inside back wall of the eye. Underneath the retina is the choroid, a thin layer of blood vessels that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the retina. Retinal detachment occurs when the retina separates from this underlying layer of blood vessels. Unless it is surgically reattached, permanent vision loss can result.

Posterior Vitreous Detachment (PVD) is a common condition which occurs in about 75 per cent of people over the age of 65. As people get older the vitreous, a jelly-like substance inside the eye changes. This can cause Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Many people are not aware that they have developed PVD but some notice symptoms such as floaters or flashing lights. Floaters can take many forms from little dots, circles, lines, to clouds or cobwebs. Sometimes people experience one large floater which can be distracting and make things difficult to read. Unfortunately at the moment nothing can be done medically for this condition, usually people find that the symptoms calm down after about six months and people do eventually get used to living with the floaters. The brain tends to adapt to the floaters and eventually is able to ignore them, so they then only become a problem in very bright light. However, as the subject is an employee, this is not likely to be related due to the normal occurrence in over 65’s.
In all cases when specific medical information is required, you would be advised to consult a doctor or ophthalmologist

I add a link which discusses both conditions


Hope this helps  (+ info)

At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

By this I mean, prediabetes, diabetes type 2, or only if the patient refuses to accept treatment?

Also, my doc said I have slightly high blood sugar. I am only 20 years old and of average weight. Will my blood sugar always be above normal for the rest of my life? What can I do to lower it and get it back to normal?

Diabetic retinopathy can occur at anytime and is the result of prolonged high blood sugars. However, 3 days of high blood sugar will NOT make you go blind. I've been diabetic for 21 years now and unfortunately did not take very good care of myself when I was first diagnosed. I am just now starting to see complications from retinopathy though.

The important thing to know about retinopathy is that there may be no symptoms or pain early on. You won't notice any changes in your vision until the disease progresses. It is VERY important to have a dilated eye exam at least once a year. If I'd not had that done I don't know how long it would have been before they'd found mine.

The type of diet to follow to help control slightly elevated blood sugar is really one that anyone wanting to be healthier would follow. Cut back on sugar, sodium and fat/cholesterol content. Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise. Stop smoking if you are a smoker.

I've attached 2 articles that have some good information in them on retinopathy.

Good luck and I hope this helps!  (+ info)

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