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Type 1 and Retinal Hemeraging
ChristineMRojas posted:
Hello there!

I am a 26-year-old who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a moderately young age.

After years of poor treatment I am now dealing with diabetic retinopathy.

Though I had been experiencing minor bleeding (what appeared to be a tiny ruptured vessel here and there) in one eye, I now constantly see blood oozing in from my upper peripheral.

Is this still retinopathy or has it now developed into something more serious, such as a retinal tear or detachment.

Thank you for your time and energy.

mrscora01 responded:
Are you seeing a retina specialist? It sounds like you still have active bleeding. Just to let you know I started with issues when I was 14 and didn't get treated until I was in my 20s. I was in the advanced middle stages of the proliferative phase of retinopathy. The good news is that I am now nearly 50 and can still see well. I drive, read, watch tv, and of course post on the internet.

If all you are seeing is blood, then it is still (most likely) just some retinal bleeding and not a tear or a detachment (large black curtain involved in this). As I said, this needs to be followed by a retina specialist. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

Keeping good blood sugar control is important, but not too tight right away. Rapidly dropping blood sugar can make the retinopathy worse.

T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
anon123567 responded:
have you been treated at all (laser photocoagulation) to seal up the bleeders?

after many bleeds my retinal specialist decided a vitrectomy would be in my best interest and my eyes have been fine since (8 years now)

are you seeing a specialist?

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