Diabetic Retinopathy: Risks and Prevention

The following information is presented to you to describe each of the most common retinal diseases treated by ophthalmologists throughout the US. In every disorder you will notice that there is no treatment available to either correct, reverse, or delay the further progression of any of the diseases discussed.

The Pittsburgh Eye Protocol Can Do All Three.

Diabetic retinopathy is a type of retinal disease that develops in men and women diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes. It may affect one eye or both, but oftentimes, the condition affects both eyes. It is important to note here that not all diabetic patients develop this eye condition, which means it can be prevented. And the foremost form of prevention for any complications from diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, is making sure your blood sugar is maintained at a healthy level.   When a patient is diagnosed with retinopathy caused by prolonged or sustained high blood sugar levels, it means there is already an existing abnormality in the retina. It could be bumps that have formed in the retina's blood vessels (background retinopathy), blood vessels leaking into the eyes (pre-proliferative or non-proliferative retinopathy), or scar tissues and abnormal new blood vessels have started to form on the retina (proliferative retinopathy). Of these stages, the last one is the most severe as it could lead to irreversible blindness.  Preventing diabetic retinopathy   As mentioned above, the most important thing a diabetic patient can do to prevent or minimize their risk of developing retinopathy is to keep their blood glucose levels down. Diabetic patients with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and are also smokers are a higher risk for the disease. With that said, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to preventing retinopathy and maintaining your quality of life.   Patients who've had diabetes for a long time and are of Native American, Black, or Hispanic descent are at a greater risk for developing the disease.   If you have diabetes, it's important to undergo regular eye exams to ensure your eyes are healthy, especially since retinopathy shows no signs or symptoms in its early stage. Catching the disease early on could prevent blindness.   Living with retinopathy   People with diabetic retinopathy find their mobility and agility dramatically limited or diminished, particularly if their condition is already in its advanced stage. Dailly activities, work routines, leisurely activities, and day-to-day chores become a burden, an almost impossible undertaking given their impaired or total loss of vision.   The Pittsburgh Eye Protocol    The Pittsburgh Eye Protocol is a 3-day program developed for patients dealing with vision problems caused by damage to the retina. It was conceptualized and developed to help patients with retinal diseases improve their vision. If you are dealing with degenerative eye diseases like macular degeneration, degenerative myopia or glaucoma, or other retinal problems, this program might be a good fit for you. The program offers an alternative to conventional ophthalmology methods and techniques. Learn more here 
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