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Any treatment for pigmentary retinopathy?

Any treatment for pigmentary retinopathy?

Depends on the cause: Pigmentary retinopathy applies to disorders in which there is a disturbance on the pigmented layer of the retina. The causes are varied and include degeneration, trauma, infection, etc. I would suggest you see a retinal specialist who can diagnose the cause and hopefully treat the problem. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan
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Diabetic Retinopathy (Definition)

Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to thinning of blood vessels in the back of the eye which pouch out (microaneurysms) or leak. This can cause edema or scarring and lead to severe visual loss unless treated. Treatment can be very effective and this is why diabetics are encouraged to get a yearly eye ...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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What are your treatment options for diabetic retinopathy?

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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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?

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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Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

Is laser treatment recommended for macular scarring (acne scarring)?

It si one on many: There are options for acne scaring you can have medical grade peels performed at a doctors office to slowly remove outer layers and stimulate collagen at the dermis, THese have little downtime You can have a laser resurfacing. you may need several it goes as deep or deeper than the peel but you will have about a week downtime and slightly red for a few more. Speak to a good dermatologist ...Read more

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How effective is laser surgery for treating macular degeneration?

How effective is laser surgery for treating macular degeneration?

Not effective: laser was used treat macular degeneration the 1980's , 90's, and early 2000's but is no longer considered an effective treatment. Currently, injectable medications (Avastin, Lucentis, (ranibizumab) Eylea) are the best treatment for wet macular degeneration. The only proven "treatment" for dry macular degeneration is vitamin supplementation (AREDS 2 formula). ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for diabetic neuropathy?

Are there treatment guidelines for diabetic neuropathy?

Yes: Every year the americal diabetes association publishes clinical practice guidelines. The guidelines should be available by contacting them. You could also try google. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy curable? Please advise!

Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is due to new abnormal blood vessels growing in the retina. It is a chronic condition that can be managed by anti-angiogenic injections if needed, strict diet control (low or no carb diet), laser if needed. It is able to be controlled in many situations. ...Read more

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How effective is laser surgery for treating glaucoma?

How effective is laser surgery for treating glaucoma?

Effective: There are several types of laser surgery for glaucoma. The most popular is selective laser trabeculoplasty or SLT. This treatment is about as effective as the first-line drops for glaucoma. Generally, it is not used unless drops are not effective or are not tolerated. Generally, SLT is safe and effective about 85% of the time. ...Read more

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What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

What is fractional retinal detachment secondary to diabetic retinopathy?

Detached Retina: It is actually a tractional retinal detachment. When diabetes causes the retinal blood vessels to die, the retina grows new blood vessels that are disorganized and of poor quality. They grow into the gel that fills the eye called the vitreous. This causes the vitreous to contract and pulls the retina off the back to the eye. That is a tractional retinal detachment. It often needs surgery. ...Read more

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Is diabetic retinopathy treatable?

Yes: Diabetic retinopathy is very treatable with laser, steroids, and a new class of medicines called vegf inhibitors. The specific treatment needed depends on the type and extent of the retinopathy. The most important thing is that early treatment always gives the best results. Diabetics need to be monitored at least every year to evaluate for any retinopathy. ...Read more

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Do you recommend laser treatment for macular scarring?

Do you recommend laser treatment for macular scarring?

Macular scar: It would be best to consult with a vitreoretinal surgeon who can answer you with the best therapy after seeing your eye disease. ...Read more

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What diabetic retinopathy treatments are currently available?

What diabetic retinopathy treatments are currently available?

Many: Diabetic retinopathy has until recently only been treated with laser and blood sugar control. In the last few years, treatment with steroid injections and a class of drugs called vegf inhibitors have improved treatment. ...Read more

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Is a diabetic venous thrombosis laser effective in treatment?

Is a diabetic venous thrombosis laser effective in treatment?

Venous thrombosis: If what you are asking is 'is laser effective in treating venous thrombosis in a diabetic?" the following applies. Venous thrombosis is usually treated with compression, ambulation, anticoagulation, and anti-inflammatories. Deep or superficial vein involvement varies the treatment. Diabetics have arterial problems, too. See a phlebologist or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are any treatment options for corneal neovascularization with corneal scarring?

What are any treatment options   for corneal neovascularization with corneal scarring?

Treat disease: First, it is best to try to identify and treat the underlying disease process, so that the inflammatory impetus to form new vessels is reversed or minimized. If there is a quiet eye, there are a couple possible treatment options. First, laser ablation of the vessels has had some success, especially using a yellow dye laser. Second, a medicine that makes new blood vessels disappear can be injected. ...Read more

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Are there different options for treating diabetic retinopathy?

Are there different options for treating diabetic retinopathy?

Yes: The exact treatment should be under the direction of an ophthalmologist. Often laser treatments are used. Just as important is close conrtol of the diabetes under the direction of your doctor. ...Read more

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Tips about corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus?

Tips about corneal transplant as treatment for keratoconus?

Keratoconus: Corneal transplant is a highly successful surgery in keratoconus patients in which all other treatment options have been exhausted. ...Read more

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How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?

Eye exam.: An eye doctor, usually an ophthalmologist or a specialist in the diseases of the retina, diagnosis diabetic retinopathy through a careful eye exam that includes dilating the pupils. Other tests of the may also be performed using photographs, computer scans (oct), or injecting a dye into a vein in the arm and analyzing the dye's flow through the blodd vessels in the back of the eye (fa). ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Laser (Definition)

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