A 36-year-old member asked:
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please let me know if there is any difference between diabetic retinopathy and hypertensive retinopathy?

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Dr. Abdul Khan
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes, big difference.: Aside from being caused by 2 separate diseases, eye manifestations are distinct as well. Hypertensive eye changes occur from chronic affect of high pressure on the small arterioles in eye tissues, may lead to vascular occlusion. Diabetic eye disease affects the smaller capillary vessels, causing leakage and/or blockage of blood. If advanced, diabetic disease may require laser treatment or surgery.
Answered on Dec 4, 2017
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