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How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Laser, surgery, etc.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the vessels at the back of the eye leak, and there is risk of scar, bleeding, vision loss, retinal detachment.
All of these are addressed in different ways with laser, injected pharmaceuticals, surgery and improvement in the general care of the diabetes. This needs close follow up with a retinal ophthalmologist.

In brief: Laser, surgery, etc.
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the vessels at the back of the eye leak, and there is risk of scar, bleeding, vision loss, retinal detachment.
All of these are addressed in different ways with laser, injected pharmaceuticals, surgery and improvement in the general care of the diabetes. This needs close follow up with a retinal ophthalmologist.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Bernard Godley
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Dr. Bernard Godley
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Dr. Harold Ballitch
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Laser
Typically diabetic retinopathy is treated with laser.
However, swelling may also require injections.

In brief: Laser
Typically diabetic retinopathy is treated with laser.
However, swelling may also require injections.
Dr. Harold Ballitch
Dr. Harold Ballitch
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Dr. Vince Wilson
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on the stage
In the early stages of the disease, regular monitoring by and opthalmologist is typical.
If the disease advances and blood vessels in the eye leak, laser treatment is warranted. Sometimes, blood vessels in the eye proliferate, and laser treatment is used in a more widespread area of the eye. Significant vision loss sometimes does occur, so frequent visits to your eye doctor are essential.

In brief: Depends on the stage
In the early stages of the disease, regular monitoring by and opthalmologist is typical.
If the disease advances and blood vessels in the eye leak, laser treatment is warranted. Sometimes, blood vessels in the eye proliferate, and laser treatment is used in a more widespread area of the eye. Significant vision loss sometimes does occur, so frequent visits to your eye doctor are essential.
Dr. Vince Wilson
Dr. Vince Wilson
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