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Diabetic retinopathy laser treatment. What is its goal?
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Dr. Rebecca Dale
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Rebecca Dale
Dr. Rebecca Dale
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Dr. Damien Luviano
Completely agree with above. You can find more information about the disease at National Eye Institute http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy.asp#4a
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
A retina specialist can best treat diabetic retinopathy. For one closest to you try: www.asrs.org.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Control diabetes
Best way to treat the disease including diabetic retinopathy is glucose control, hypertension control, and lipid control.
Control of a single factor can reduce progression of the disease by 20-50 %. In our diabetes team, rarely do I have to employ lasers, injections because the internal and family medicine doctors are very capable of preventing progression. Goal is hga1c less than 7 in most pt.

In brief: Control diabetes
Best way to treat the disease including diabetic retinopathy is glucose control, hypertension control, and lipid control.
Control of a single factor can reduce progression of the disease by 20-50 %. In our diabetes team, rarely do I have to employ lasers, injections because the internal and family medicine doctors are very capable of preventing progression. Goal is hga1c less than 7 in most pt.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Dr. Damien Luviano
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
In brief: Retinopathy laser
Take a piece of paper (retina), make a tiny dot in the middle of it.
That tiny dot help you see sharp/read. Dm retinopahty likes to attack from the periphery towards that tiny spot like an army. Laser burns, & makes a fence to prevent the advancing retinopathy to reach the dot (macula). Laser is like sand bags when having a flood. So the main thing is to control your diabetes as best as possible.

In brief: Retinopathy laser
Take a piece of paper (retina), make a tiny dot in the middle of it.
That tiny dot help you see sharp/read. Dm retinopahty likes to attack from the periphery towards that tiny spot like an army. Laser burns, & makes a fence to prevent the advancing retinopathy to reach the dot (macula). Laser is like sand bags when having a flood. So the main thing is to control your diabetes as best as possible.
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