I have been type 1 for 29 yrs. Was diagnosed with minimal background retinopathy 25 yrs ago. Have had yearly check-ups. In 2011, I was diagnosed with PDR, had laser, then a year ago my retina detached and I had a vitrectomy. Now I have a cataract in that eyeand am hoping to wait until 2013 for surgery.
I have been anemic to borderline anemic for several years. I was told that my being anemic may have contributed to the PDR, because there is less oxygen being carried by your RBC's and when your eyes aren't getting the oxygen they need, you develop those pesky fragile blood vessels known as PDR. (At least that is the "jist of what i got from the conversation").
Anyone else been told that if you are anemic you need to treat it because of PDR? Only 1 physician has ever said anything about it. My other "specialists" just blow it off and tell me that my blood level is not that low.