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What happens if, after you have had diabetic retinopathy and lose a lot of your vision, your sight returns?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Not good: Adults with diabetic retinopathy most often lose vision from swelling in the retina. With good control of blood sugars this can sometimes resolve. If you start to develop poor blood sugar control, elevated blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol the swelling can return causing fluctuating vision. Diabetics can also develop bleeding in their eyes causing vision changes. Go to your eye doctor.
Dr. Johnstone Kim
Retinal Surgery 15 years experience
Depends: If you develop swelling in the retina again and it was reversible then it is possible to regain some of your vision with repeat treatment, however if you develop a detachment from diabetic retinopathy, it may not be reversible.

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