Sharing from Paul Scott:
"Hi, I have seen an eye doctor about my condition which he called “a behind the retinal hemorage” that seems to have stopped bleeding. However this has left some blood inside the eyeball itself as it seems to swirl around and around. Is there something that I can take to speed up the absortion of this blood inside the eye? I read about “RHUS TOX”. Is this okay to take as I have diabetes Type 2. If so, where can it be found? Please advise, Thank you."
In general, it could be the diabetic retinopathy
. Since the bleeding has been stopped, normally it will clear from eyes within a few weeks or months. As a matter of fact, we don't recommend any supplement or herbs as there’s not sufficient evidence proving the effectiveness.In particular, it's important to manage your glucose level well to prevent from further progression of retinopathy though.
For others with diabetes, you better take note of the following care tips.
Bleeding in your eyes
Bleeding in eyes, also known as subconjunctival hemorrhage. To know more about subconjunctival hemorrhage, we should start with the conjunctiva, an important membrane that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids, thin, moist and transparent. This is the outermost protective coating of the eyeball, containing nerves and many small blood vessels which are somewhat fragile.
For most people, bleeding in your eyes comes with no reason. You may consider the following ones for a spontaneous subconjunctival hemorrhage:
- Eye rubbing
- Trauma (injury)
- High blood pressure
- Bleeding disorder (a medical disorder causing bleeding or inhibiting normal clotting)
Also, the bleeding can be non-spontaneous. A severe eye infection or a trauma to the head or eye may be the reason.
There are not too much specific signs and symptoms of the subconjunctival hemorrhage, you can check out the following three ones:
- bleeding in the white part of the eye.
- a sense of fullness in the eye or under the lid.
- look yellowish
If you have the symptoms above, here are the main treatments that you can refer to.
- Home care. You should avoid aspirin,ibuprofen,naproxyn,or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications in case of increasing bleeding.Other OTC medicines using should go after your doctor's approval.
- Medical treatment. If you feel really uncomfortable, go to the doctor directly.
If you or your family have diabetes, make sure your blood sugar is not too high for a long period. Long-term high blod sugar can bring damage to your retina.
It usually goes through 4 stages
1. Mild nonproliferative retinopathy.
This is the earliest stage, going with balloon-like swelling in the retina’s tiny blood vessels, called microaneurysms which may leak fluid into the retina.
2. Moderate nonproliferative retinopathy.
In this stage, the blood vessels in the retina may swell and distort, losing their ability to transport blood.
3. Severe nonproliferative retinopathy.
Retina has a severe blood supply shortage as more blood vessels are blocked.
4. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).
PDR is the advanced stage, will lead to retinal detachment and permanent vision loss.
Am I at high risk for diabetic retinopathy?
As long as you're a diabetic patient, no matter type 1, 2, or gestational, you are more likely to get the diabetic retinopathy than others. A longer diabetes history, a higher risk. Around 40 to 45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy,although only about half are aware of it.Those who have gestational diabetes should stay more careful about its onser and worsening.
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