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    Retinopathy, Diabetic

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    Synonyms

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and a disorder of the light sensitive tissue of the eye (the retina). This condition is characterized by destructive changes in the blood vessels of the retina, which, if left unchecked, may lead to visual impairment or blindness. The severity of the damage to the retina is highly correlated with the length of time the patient has had diabetes.

    For reasons that are not well understood, the blood vessels of the retina lack their normal oxygen load. Capillaries tend to close off, further depleting the oxygen supply. The diabetes process also weakens the walls of these blood vessels, which tend to become enlarged and form micro-aneurysms. Not infrequently, the small blood vessels break causing hemorrhage and contributing to the patient's clouded vision.

    Resources

    Lighthouse International
    111 E 59th St
    New York, NY 10022-1202
    Tel: (800)829-0500
    Email: info@lighthouse.org
    Internet: http://www.lighthouse.org

    American Foundation for the Blind
    2 Penn Plaza
    Suite 1102
    New York, NY 10121
    Tel: (212)502-7600
    Fax: (888)545-8331
    Tel: (800)232-5463
    TDD: (212)502-7662
    Email: afbinfo@afb.net
    Internet: http://www.afb.org

    American Diabetes Association
    1701 N. Beauregard Street
    Alexandria, VA 22311
    Tel: (703)549-1500
    Fax: (703)549-6995
    Tel: (800)342-2383
    Email: askADA@diabetes.org
    Internet: http://www.diabetes.org

    NIH/National Eye Institute
    31 Center Dr
    MSC 2510
    Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
    United States
    Tel: (301)496-5248
    Fax: (301)402-1065
    Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nei.nih.gov/

    Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases
    39650 Orchard Hill Place
    Novi, MI 48375
    Tel: (248)319-0161
    Fax: (248)788-4589
    Tel: (800)788-2020
    Email: ropard@yahoo.com
    Internet: http://www.ropard.org

    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
    26 Broadway, 14th Floor
    New York, NY 10004
    Tel: (212)785-9595
    Fax: (212)785-2873
    Tel: (800)533-2873
    Email: info@jdrf.org
    Internet: http://www.jdrf.org

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 8/8/2007
    Copyright 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2007 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

    WebMD Medical Reference from the National Organization for Rare Disorders

    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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