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Laser Treatment For Diabetic Retinopathy
How often do you need laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy? My doctor told me i'd probably need multiple treatments for my diabetic retinopathy, but didn't explain much more than that. Does that mean after all my treatments are done i'll be cured? (ho
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are you able to fly after having diabetic retinopathy laser treatment, and if so, how long after treatment please?
Yes: Comercial flight does not cause problem after 48 hrs. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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