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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
5 doctors agree

In brief: See an eye doctor

Diabetic retinopathy can only be treated by an ophthalmologist.
Eye doctors have special equipment that can help visualize early signs of diabetic retinopathy, before it becomes severe, and can begin treatment early. You only get one pair of eyes; be sure to have them cared for by an ophthalmologist who treats diabetic eye disease.

In brief: See an eye doctor

Diabetic retinopathy can only be treated by an ophthalmologist.
Eye doctors have special equipment that can help visualize early signs of diabetic retinopathy, before it becomes severe, and can begin treatment early. You only get one pair of eyes; be sure to have them cared for by an ophthalmologist who treats diabetic eye disease.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Ophthalmologist

Most non-ophthalmologists are not trained nor have the equipment for examining the retina.
There are tests that sometimes that need to be done as well that are only available in the ophthalmology office.

In brief: Ophthalmologist

Most non-ophthalmologists are not trained nor have the equipment for examining the retina.
There are tests that sometimes that need to be done as well that are only available in the ophthalmology office.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Dr. Benjamin Chun
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See an eye doctor

When an ophthalmologist or optometrist sees diabetic retinopathy by doing a dilated retinal exam, a retina specialist can do further confirmatory testing (fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography) to stage and thus appropriately treat the retinopathy.
Diabetics need to see their eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated retinal exam.

In brief: See an eye doctor

When an ophthalmologist or optometrist sees diabetic retinopathy by doing a dilated retinal exam, a retina specialist can do further confirmatory testing (fluorescein angiography and optical coherence tomography) to stage and thus appropriately treat the retinopathy.
Diabetics need to see their eye care provider at least once a year for a dilated retinal exam.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
In my practice, a general ophthalmologist can also provide fluorescein angiography and OCT and treat diabetic macular edema with focal lasers and injections.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
My apologies. Some general ophthalmologists can and do do this. Hopefully in the few cases that need vitrectomy surgery, you do send to a retina specialist.
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