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

Not long. Normally, within a few minutes you are comfortable and your eyesight has returned to baseline. You may have a headache for a few minutes to hours. Read more...
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...

Can you tell me treatment of diabetic retinopathy is possible?

Diabetic retinopathy. The treatment of diabetic retinopathy (dr) is best managed by an ophthalmogist (o). You need to be examined, with your pupils dilated, in the o's office to see what stage of dr you have and what treatment you need for it. Control of glucose and blood pressure is mandatory, see a physician for those problems. Good luck. Read more...
Yes. Depending on the severity of disease, diabetic retinopathy can be stabilized. Ischemic disease or certain diabetic associated detachment however may not be surgically or medically correctable. This will depend on what your doctor sees in the tests that he orders. Read more...
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...

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...
No. Diabetic retinopahty is an end-result of poor blood sugar control over years. The disease leads to leaking blood vessels and decreased oxygen in the retina. This in turn can cause the growth of new blood vessels that also leak, and can cause varying levels of vision loss. No over-the-counter remedy exists. Treatment includes blood sugar control and laser surgery if necessary. Read more...
Prevention. The best way to deal with diabetic eye disease is to prevent it. The only way to do that is to have very tight blood sugar control. And to prevent vision damage or loss, you must see an ophthalmologist every year. If we find problems in the early phase, laser will prevent damage! Read more...
Diabetic retinopathy. The best thing for anyone with diabetes to do to prevent retinopathy is to keep their blood sugars under tight control. Long term studies have shown that individuals who have had many years of normal blood sugars and normal a1c's have a very low incidence of diabetic retinopathy. Other than that, it is essential that all diabetics have a dilated eye examination at least on a yearly basis. Read more...

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

Eye blurriness. I think that you need to call the ophthalmologist (o) who did your laser treatment for an answer. You o would be in a better position to answer your question and may provide an answer that will help you. Good luck. Read more...
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...

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...

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...

How long is the recovery time after a diabetic retinopathy treatment?

Depends. It depends on the extent of diabetic retinopathy, type of treatment and presence of other comorbidities. There may be no complete recovery in terms of vision restoration. Your ophthalmologist (eye doctor) should be able to outline stages of recovery from the intervention. Read more...
Depends. Recovery time depends on what kind of treatment was performed. It usually takes at least a few weeks or months to see full improvement. Read more...
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. Read more...