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    Mask that shines green light on the eyes of patients while they sleep helps prevent diabetic blindness.


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    Mask that shines green light on the eyes of patients while they sleep helps prevent diabetic blindness.

    Post by Eddie on Sun Nov 01 2015, 19:39

    A mask that prevents diabetic blindness by shining green light on the eyes while the patient sleeps is to be offered at a leading high street chemist from next week.

    The Noctura 400 is the only treatment available to those in the early stages of the conditions that cause vision problems in almost all type 1 and 67 per cent of type 2 diabetics, known as diabetic retinopathy and macular oedema.

    And studies have shown an impressive success rate. ‘Trials carried out on 134 patients in the UK and Czech Republic show the Noctura 400 works for two out of three patients who wear the mask while they sleep,’ said Ian Grierson, emeritus professor of ophthalmology at Liverpool University. ‘But what makes it potentially a huge breakthrough is that this gives us something for those in the earliest stages of disease, capable of halting progression and the need for late-stage invasive treatment.’

    More than a million UK diabetics are candidates for the new mask, which will be dispensed by optometrists working with Lloyds Pharmacy. It costs £250 and its components last for 12 weeks, after which time it has to be replaced, at the patient’s expense.
    The mask is worn every night, and indefinitely to keep the retinopathy at bay.

    ‘Six months is a reasonable amount of time to judge whether it is working,’ says Richard Kirk, CEO of PolyPhotonix, who invented the mask.

    More on this story here

    So, more than a £1000 per year. Why not spend the money on high quality low carb food. If you are suffering diabetic eye complications, almost always due to running high BG numbers, this gimmick will not save other damage to your body. As Dr. Bernstein says high BG numbers effect every tissue in the body.

    Edit. A couple of comments from the Mail.

    "brown eyed ginga, tauranga, New Zealand, about 10 hours ago

    This should be funded for T1 diabetes. But T2 is 100% self inflicted with a crap diet and poor control of blood sugar levels. So in my opinion, a luxury item that should be funded by the person who has T2 diabetes.

    Madamma Lisa, San Diego, United States, about 6 hours ago

    Educate yourself before you condemn anyone to blindness. Type 2 diabetes is NOT "100% self inflected with a crap diet." If only that were true."

    Type two diabetic-low carb diet (50 carbs per day) and two 500mg Metformin pills per day. Apart from diagnosis HbA1c almost 12-all HbA1c results none diabetic. For over eight years my diabetes medication has not changed. My weight has remained stable, I have suffered no ill effects from my diet whatsoever. Every blood test has proved, I took the right road to my diabetic salvation. For almost seven years, I have asked medical professionals and naysayers, how do I maintain non diabetic BG levels on two Metformin other than low carb ? The silence has been deafening !
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    Re: Mask that shines green light on the eyes of patients while they sleep helps prevent diabetic blindness.

    Post by chris c on Mon Nov 02 2015, 22:28

    Hah, that comment sounds more like a Guardian reader.

    There used to be an excellent website for eye diseases which ncluded some vitamin and other recommendations, all of which of course you could get from Real Food. When I went to link to it I notice it has gone.

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