How can the progression of diabetic retinopathy be reduced?

Updated: Sep 02, 2021
  • Author: Abdhish R Bhavsar, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Answer

According to The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial controlling diabetes and maintaining the HbA1c level in the 6-7% range can substantially reduce the progression of diabetic retinopathy. (See Treatment and Management.)

One of the most important aspects in the management of diabetic retinopathy is patient education. Inform patients that they play an integral role in their own eye care. (See Patient Education.)

For more information, see Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.


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