How is diabetic retinpathy treated?
For mild, or early diabetic retinpathy, management of diabetic symptoms such as high blood pressure can help slow the progression of the disease. If the disease is not detected until its later stages, you may require surgery.
Surgical options include focal laser, scatter laser, and vitrectomy treatments.
Focal laser treatment decreases the leakage of blood vessels in the eye slowing the rate of damage. Scatter laser treatment shrinks the blood vessels preventing them from growing or leaking. Both laser treatment options are quick outpatient procedures and take one to two appointment sessions.
A virectomy is a surgical procedure in which the excess blood and scar tissue is removed from the eye. It requires local or general anesesthia and is usually performed in a hospital. As with all medical procedures, there are risks and side effects to all treatment options.
Consult your doctor to determine what treatment option is best for you.