Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Diabetic retinopathy is treated in many ways depending on the stage of the disease and the specific problem that requires attention.
Laser treatment may be needed for patients with clinically significant macular edema, or swelling of the central retina. The laser coagulates and occludes leaky vessels. Pan-retinal photocoagulation (PRP) is another laser procedure that destroys abnormal blood vessels and prevents diabetic complications. Other treatments may also be available to patients depending on their condition.
Diabetics can also greatly reduce the possibilities of eye complications by scheduling routine examinations with an ophthalmologist. Many problems can be treated with much greater success when caught early. Your doctor will work with you to develop the appropriate plan of treatment.