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Diabetic Eye Disease

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Melinda Slay

on 24 August 2018

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Transcript of Diabetic Eye Disease

Got diabetes? Go to the eye doctor at least once a year.
Better Than Scatter Laser Surgery
Control your diabetes
African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans are at the highest risk of diabetic retinopathy because they are at the highest risk for diabetes.
Blood Sugar on the Rise, Capillaries Damaged
Early Detection
Early detection of diabetic retinopathy gives you a 95% chance of not going blind. You should get an comprehensive dilated eye exams at least once a year, due to a lack of symptoms. Once diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, its advised to go to the eye doctor more often.
By keeping your diabetes at a normal level, you are significantly less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than someone who doesn't control theirs. If it gets advanced, you will be at the eye doctor every 2-4 months.
Scatter laser surgery was used for a long time, but it has now been discovered that it damages peripheral, color, or night vision. VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) is a protein that helps blood vessels grow. The Anti-VEGF shrinks abnormally sized blood vessels and prevents the growth of leaky blood vessels.
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Melinda Slay
in American Adults
Leading Cause of Blindness
These Become Noticeable After Damage Has Taken Place
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
About 10% of American adults have diabetes. Out of that 10%, 40-45% will develop diabetic retinopathy. Less than 5% of those will go fully blind.

After 15 years of having diabetes, 98% of people with type 1 and 78% of those with type 2 will have some sort of retinal damage.
Blurred vision that glasses will not fix
Vision that worsens, improves, then worsens again
Sudden loss of vision, especially after coughing and/or sneezing
Eye pain
Poor night vision
Colors seem "washed out
Seeing "Cobwebs", "Spots", or "Holes" in you vision (This is due to hemorrhages, which is blood from a ruptured vein in your eye.)
Diabetic Eye Disease
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