13 doctors weighed in:
Can eyesight return after having a diabetic retinopathy?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
If bleeding inside the eye is the cause, the bleeding may clear (or may need to be removed with surgery), after which vision will return.
Also, laser treatment for swelling may result in improvement in vision about 1/3 of the time.

In brief: Sometimes
If bleeding inside the eye is the cause, the bleeding may clear (or may need to be removed with surgery), after which vision will return.
Also, laser treatment for swelling may result in improvement in vision about 1/3 of the time.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. Tim Conrad
In some, but not all, cases of diabetic retinopathy, vision can be improved with treatment. This is especially true with the newer injectable treatments.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
It really depends on the cause of the loss of vision and the severity of the retinopathy.
If vision was completely lost, retinopathy may be severe, and chance of vision returning is small. If vision is mildly lost and its caused by swelling then time/laser tx/injections may return your vision. Your eyes would need to be examined for a more accurate answer.

In brief: Depends
It really depends on the cause of the loss of vision and the severity of the retinopathy.
If vision was completely lost, retinopathy may be severe, and chance of vision returning is small. If vision is mildly lost and its caused by swelling then time/laser tx/injections may return your vision. Your eyes would need to be examined for a more accurate answer.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
It is really related to how severe the diabetic retinopathy was and if there was permanent damage and scarring in the retina.
After treatment, the abnormal vessels shrink, and the vitreous bleeding stops so that vision can return.

In brief: Sometimes
It is really related to how severe the diabetic retinopathy was and if there was permanent damage and scarring in the retina.
After treatment, the abnormal vessels shrink, and the vitreous bleeding stops so that vision can return.
Dr. Beth Friedland
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. John Odette
Ophthalmology
In brief: Maybe
If you have lost vision secondary to diabetic retinopathy, some vision can often be restored.
It is unlikely you will ever have "perfect" like prior to diabetic damage. However, if the retinopathy is treated early and correctly some vision can be returned.

In brief: Maybe
If you have lost vision secondary to diabetic retinopathy, some vision can often be restored.
It is unlikely you will ever have "perfect" like prior to diabetic damage. However, if the retinopathy is treated early and correctly some vision can be returned.
Dr. John Odette
Dr. John Odette
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