Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Treatment

Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that impacts the eyes. Tiny blood vessels in the retina leak blood or fluid causing the retina to swell or form deposits. If left untreated, new blood vessels can begin to grow. These abnormal vessels are fragile and tend to bleed causing hemorrhages or scarring which can cause vision loss.

There are several diabetic eye treatment options available to diabetic patients, including a laser treatment (photocoagulation) that uses the Argon laser to seal the leaking blood vessels. It can also help to slow or stop the growth of abnormal blood vessels, decreasing the chance of bleeding in the eye. Sometimes several treatments may be needed.

Intravitreal injections can be used to treat macular edema (swelling of the macula) that is caused by diabetic retinopathy. These injections, given at routine intervals, can slow the progress of the disease or in some cases improve it.