Diabetic Eye Disease (cont.)
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What is the treatment for diabetic eye disease?
Treatment of diabetic eye disease can be prevented or controlled with lifestyle changes like a healthy diabetic diet, exercise, close monitor of blood sugars, taking medications as prescribed by the doctor, and quitting smoking.
Medical treatment for diabetes includes medication or lifestyle changes.
What is the medical treatment of diabetic eye disease?
Medical treatment of diabetic eye disease is generally directed at the underlying problem - the diabetes itself. The better control a patient has of the disease, the fewer problems they will have in the long run.
Monitoring the patient's glycosylated hemoglobin (hemoglobin A1C, Hb1AC) is the best assessment of the overall level of blood sugar control. A medical doctor will order this blood test at least once a year. If the patient's results are initially found to be abnormal or if the patient's self-test blood sugar results become more variable, then this blood test may be ordered more frequently.
What about surgery for diabetic eye disease?
Surgical treatment of diabetic eye disease most commonly involves treatment of the retina with an argon laser.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/13/2016
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