I was diagnosed with Type 2 about two years ago, I guess, and I've had one diabetes-focused ophthalmic examination since then. She found no retinopathy, "senile cataracts" at a stage which I understood that I was supposed to ignore for the moment, and some kind of asymmetry in (or between) the optic nerves which I also decided to ignore for the nonce.
My questions are:
1. What is the PDR which everyone here discusses? The DR is easy enough, but what is the P?
2. Will keeping my blood glucose well controlled defer or limit the chances of retinopathy? Online references to details might be a help.
I'll let someone else answer #1, but the answer to #2 is most emphatically YES.
1. PDR = Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (typically info is given for Proliferative Retinopathy, but when it is blamed on diabetes, then they add the D. Twinchick did a great job discussing it already. (I remember when PDR was Physicians Desk Reference, but that is not what people are discussing here.)
2. Yes! Yes! Yes! BG control makes a difference in every blood vessel, organ, vein, tendon, etc in your body. Make sure you stay on top of the eye inspections. My retinologist told me about a month ago that as long as they laser those leaky blood vessels before you have a change in vision, they can stop it right there, but once your vision is damaged from the leaky blood vessels, it is permanent.