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Re: [IP] Diabetic retinopathy


    When retinal vessels become obstructed new vessels can proliferate and
feed the effected area . This would be good except the new vessels (
neovascularization) tend to leak. The fluorescein ( a vegetable dye -?)
angiography is a good way to see if there is leakage (which is not always
visible to the doctor) and if so to accurately guide laser treatment. My
understanding is that blocked vessels do not necessarily mean
neovascularization. These pictures will now start a record so that in coming
years photos may be compared.
    I have had at least 10 of these photo sessions and none have taken 3
hours:about 20 min. for intake; 10 to 30 min. for dilation;5 to 20 min. for
pictures; about 30 min. to develop them; and about 5 to 10 min. for an exam
and to talk with the doc. about the results. This fits my experience of a 2
hour visit. I suppose that 3 hours is a safe time to plan for especially for
a first time exam. Though laser work is not lengthy it would get you closer
to the 3 hour mark. Of course a packed waiting room could make this an all-
day visit.      Peter

> Hello To All!
> I haven't posted in ages, but wanted to let you know
> about my eye exam last week.
> I had the usual dilated eye exam, and was checked for
> glaucoma. I'm glad to say that this opthalmologist
> didn't use the "air blaster" to check for
> glaucoma--those things make me jump out of the chair!
> :0) He numbed my eyes with drops & touched my eyes
> with a light that was glowing blue (don't know what
> this is called), and said there is no sign of glaucoma
> in either eye. My prescription has remained the same
> for the 5th year in a row also.
> He then took pictures (fundus photos?) of the insides
> of my eyes & they came up on the computer screen
> sitting next to me. In one eye, one blood vessel
> appeared to be dead or closed off. There is no new
> blood vessel growth branching off of the dead vessel,
> which he said is a good sign. There were no signs of
> vessel bleeds. However, he is sending me to a retinal
> specialist on 4/25. I'm told that the appointment will
> take about 3 hours & I'll be having a retinal
> angiogram. I'm told, depending on what the angiogram
> shows, I may need laser surgery. Does the angiogram &
> more photos usually take this long, or are there other
> tests that may be done that maybe some of you could
> clue me in about?
> Also, would this be considered proliferative or
> non-proliferative retinopathy?
> Thanks,
> Rebecca
> almost 27 years old, diagnosed 2/82, pumping since
> 10/98 (first 4 years with MM 507C, now Paradigm),
> using NovoLog
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