Diabetic retinopathy

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What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina of the eye related to chronic progressive diabetes. Most patients with diabetes eventually have some degree of retinopathy which can impair vision and can lead to blindness. Regular eye exams are recommended for patients with diabetes.

Common symptoms reported by people with diabetic retinopathy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with diabetic retinopathy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
diabetic retinopathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
1
Tried for
diabetic retinopathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with diabetic retinopathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with diabetic retinopathy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mylan-Baclofen)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lantus)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
diabetic retinopathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
diabetic retinopathy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
dizziness lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with diabetic retinopathy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has diabetic retinopathy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 5
30s 28
40s 104
50s 274
60s 238
70+ 58
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 14
40-49 years 25
50-59 years 13
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 253
Female 459

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 106
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from diabetic retinopathy patients who have completed their condition history
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