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Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition where the chronic high blood glucose of a diabetic damages the small vessels of the retina of the eye. There are often no symptoms until ...Read more


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Diabetic retinopathy laser treatment. What is its goal?

Diabetic retinopathy laser treatment. What is its goal?

Depends on problem: There are two types of laser used for diabetic retinopathy, one lighter powered laser to decrease swelling, and one stronger powered laser used to cause abnormally growing blood vessels to regress. The blood vessels themselves aren't layered. Instead, laser scarring of the peripheral retina decreases the stimulus that causes those abnormal vessels to grow. ...Read more

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Treatment for diabetic retinopathy with laser: how long is recovery time?

Depends: If you have blood in your eye, that will take many weeks or possibly months to clear even with laser treatment. As for the laser itself, usually the blurriness doesn't go away for a few hours because you would have been put on dilating eye drops. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for diabetic retinopathy?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for diabetic retinopathy?

Not for treatment...: But the best way to prevent diabetic retinopathy is with blood sugar and blood pressure control. Lifestyle (diet and exercise) play an important role and are available without a doctor's prescription, just like over-the-counter medicines. The treatments for diabetic retinopathy involve the injection of medicines into or next to the eye, in-office laser procedures, and sometimes surgery. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for diabetic retinopathy: how long is recovery time?

What is a good treatment for diabetic retinopathy: how long is recovery time?

Minimal: If you are referring to recovery from laser treatments and injections, then it is very quick. I tell patient's that aside from the blurred vision of dilation, they may return to work or routine activity. If you mean how long does it take to get response to laser or injections, that is a different question altogether. Recovering from surgery should it ever get to that takes longer. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for diabetic retinopathy?

It depends: Diabetic macular edema may need focal laser treatment and/or intravitreal injection of medication directly into eye. Proliferative diabetic retinopathy may need in-office laser or vitrectomy surgery in the operating room. This disease needs a retina specialist's expertise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me treatment of diabetic retinopathy is possible?

Can you tell me treatment of diabetic retinopathy is possible?

Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. It is important for all diabetics to get annual dilated eye exams from an ophthalmologist to determine whether retinopathy is present. Treatment options are in-office laser, intraocular injections, and vitrectomy surgery, depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Why do I still have blurriness if diabetic retinopathy laser done?

Why do I still have blurriness if diabetic retinopathy laser done?

Control Risk Factors: Tight control of glucose can help prevent or delay the onset of retinopathy. Control of blood pressure and cholesterol are also important factors. Treatment options are in-office laser, intraocular injections, and vitrectomy surgery, depending on the severity. Laser is proven to reduce the risk of vision loss, but may not actually improve vision. Continue to follow up with your eyemd. ...Read more

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I had diabetic retinopathy laser done, but still blurriness prevails. What is wrong?

I had diabetic retinopathy laser done, but still blurriness prevails. What is wrong?

Takes time, sometime: I wish you the best. LASER for diabetic retinopathy has 2 goals, neither is to improve vision. When applied to the macula, it is to reduce macular edema. When applied to the outer retina, it is to minimize NEW abnormal vessels because they bleed easily. These LASERS are not LASIK, which is applied to cornea to eliminate glasses. Lucentis, (ranibizumab) Might improve vision. Diabetes and BP control are critica. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Laser (Definition)

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