Diabetes remains the leading cause of blindness in the working aged in industrialized nations largely because of poor screening. With intense blood sugar control, type 1 diabetic patients can significantly delay the onset and slow the progression of DR. Once DR is diagnosed, timely focal and panretinal photocoagulation can preserve the majority of patients' vision. If DR progresses despite these measures, vitrectomy can be used to prevent and manage devastating complications. Promising new drugs offer hope in the future for the most severe disease. Annual screening is cost-effective and is the key to preventing diabetes-related vision loss.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.