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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
The retina is the layer of the eye that is directly in the back of the eye. The retina sends the images that are seen to the brain. As we reviewed in our previous post Diabetic Retinopathy is a disease of the retina. Many people who have diabetes will eventually get Diabetic Retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy can cause vision failure and lead to blindness. It usually gets worse over time. It affects the blood vessels in the eye causing them to weaken, which can lead to blood and liquids leaking into the retina. This is the common type of Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetes Retinopathy typical symptoms include:
As the Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms gets worse and more fluid and proteins leak it will cause the retina to swell. This causes mild to severe vision loss. If the swelling affects the macula the vision loss can be severe.
The condition worsens as years go by, and the patient won’t look for Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment. When scar tissue develops that can lead to retinal detachment. There can also be bleeding inside the eye. Growth of new blood vessels on the surface of the iris may lead to severe glaucoma, a condition called neovascular glaucoma.
Conventional Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
While there is no known cure for the condition, traditional medical treatments usually involves invasive surgery. Laser treatment (photocoagulation) is usually recommended for vision loss if the retina has not been damaged. Surgical removal of the vitreous gel can also help improve vision if there is no real damage to the retina. As with any surgical procedures, there is the chance for problems to develop.
Natural Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
There are preventive steps that can be taken to reduce the severity of this condition, especially for someone already diagnosed with diabetes.
Controlling blood sugar levels and keeping the levels in the target range will reduce not only the development but the progression of retinopathy. This is accomplished by eating a healthy, balanced diet, getting regular exercise, and continually monitoring blood sugar levels. Taking insulin and medications as prescribed is important to maintaining blood sugar levels.
Along with blood sugar levels, controlling blood pressure is important, as long-term studies have shown that retinopathy in people with high blood pressure is likely to progress to macula edema. While there are no clear studies that show how treating high blood pressure levels can reduce the risk of vision problems, it is known that controlling the blood pressure will reduce the risk of other diabetes-related complications. Having annual eye examinations by an ophthalmologist is important to screen for Diabetic Retinopathy and other problems. While it will not result in preventing the condition, it will help with avoiding vision loss through early detection and treatment.
Smoking has been shown to aggravate other health problems in people with diabetes, including diseases of the small blood vessels, so stopping smoking is suggested, as well as avoiding second-hand smoke.
There are certain herbs that will strengthen blood vessels and prevent the deterioration and leakage of blood into the eye. Bilberry is rich in vitamins A and C which protect and strengthen the eye. Ginkgo Biloba increases the diameter of blood vessels and allows the flow of more blood to nourish the retina. Quercitin is a flavonoid that helps prevent blood clots by reducing histamine formation. It also slows the formation of insulin growth factors, as well as reducing high blood pressure resulting in the reduction of stress on the walls of blood vessels. Grape seed extract is effective in preventing blood leakage from damaged vessels.
Other herbs include parsley, which contains strong anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and lutein. This helps protect the macula from oxidation damage. Shark Cartilege stops the progression of the condition, as it slows down the growth of the tiny blood vessels that could potentially affect the eye sight.
Prevention can be the best Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment. Leading a healthy lifestyle, reducing stress, managing diabetic blood levels and controling high blood pressure are key to controlling the severity of the degeneration on retinopathy. Studies have also found that bilberry and Pycnogenol are effective natural diabetic retinopathy treatments (as well as glaucoma). In one study, people with diabetic retinopathy took 20–160 mg of Pycnogenol daily. After six months, none of the participants had experienced any additional vision loss. Look for Mirtogenol in products targeting vision health, and use as directed.
Grape seed extract is another powerful antioxidant that protects blood vessels and capillaries from free radical damage. Research shows that grape seed extract can help prevent diabetic retinopathy. The recommended dose of grape seed extract is 1 mg per pound of body weight (round your weight up or down to the nearest 50 pounds), in divided doses with meals, for the first week. Then continue with a maintenance dose of half that amount. For example, if you weigh 210 pounds, take 200 mg a day for the first week, and then continue taking 100 mg a day.
According to researchers, B complex and multi vitamins block three of the major culprits responsible for blood vessel damage in patients with elevated blood sugar levels. As a result, it helps prevent retinopathy and other diabetes complications. The suggested dose is 300 mg of B complex per day.
Magnesium; studies show that people with the lowest levels of this important mineral are the most likely to have severe diabetic retinopathy. I recommend taking 500–1,000 mg of magnesium per day for diabetic retinopathy treatment.
It is also recommend taking a targeted vision formula that contains lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, and other nutrients that support eye health.
Diabetic Retinopathy Solution
Our optometrist at Grande Prairie Eye Care treat the whole being with dietary supplementation and we treat particularly the eyes of the Diabetic Retinopathy patient with Holistic Medicine.