Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

There is no cure for diabetic neuropathy. Closely regulating blood glucose levels can help to slow the progression of diabetic neuropathy. Treatment for diabetic neuropathy focusses on the proper treatment of diabetes, which include may include insulin therapy, oral hypoglycemic medications, weight loss for obesity, a diabetic diet, compression stockings for leg swelling, and ACE inhibitor medications.

Additional treatment for pain that occurs with diabetic neuropathy includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medication, tricyclic antidepressant medications, and anticonvulsant medications.

Treatment for diabetic neuropathy may include:


Treatment for the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy include:

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Diabetic Retinopathy Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • How do I change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Diabetic Retinopathy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat diabetic retinopathy:

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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