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Other Suggestions

Some other suggestions that people with diabetic retinopathy find helpful include:
 
  • If you don't understand your eye care professional's responses, ask questions until you do understand.
  • Take notes or get a friend or family member to take notes for you. Or, bring a tape recorder to help you remember the discussion.
  • Ask your eye care professional to write down his or her instructions to you.
  • Ask your eye care professional for printed material about your condition.
  • If you still have trouble understanding your eye care professional's answers, ask where you can go for more information.
  • Other members of your healthcare team, such as nurses and pharmacists, can be good sources of information. Talk to them as well.
  • Be an active patient in your eye care.

 

Summary

The following points are important to keep in mind regarding diabetic retinopathy:
 
  • If you have diabetes, get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
  • Proliferative diabetic retinopathy can develop without symptoms. At this advanced stage, you are at high risk for vision loss.
  • Macular edema can develop without symptoms at any of the four stages of diabetic retinopathy.
  • You can develop both proliferative retinopathy and macular edema and still see fine. However, you are at high risk for vision loss.
  • Your eye care professional can tell if you have macular edema or any stage of diabetic retinopathy. Whether or not you have symptoms, early detection and timely treatment can prevent vision loss.

 

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