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Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments

Diabetic Retinopathy Treatments


Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness affecting millions of Americans. Approximately half of patients with diabetes for more than 7 years have some form of Diabetic Retinopathy. This figure rises to 90% after 20 years. Diabetes slowly destroys the blood vessel causing leakage and bleeding in the retina. The damage blood vessel cause a lack of blood flow, when the eye is lacking blood flow, blood vessels can form in wrong places in the eye and cause scarring and tearing of the retina, and this can result in vision problems.


1: Background Diabetic Retinopathy:

Background Diabetic Retinopathy is characterized by dot hemorrhages; leakage of fluid and lipid into the retina often causing blurry central vision when the fluid collects in the center of the retina (Macular Edema).

2: Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy:

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy is more serious, vision threatening stage of Diabetic Retinopathy. At this stage, abnormal blood vessels grow on the retina. The fragile blood vessels tend to break and bleed, which can cause sudden decrease in vision. Bleeding inside the eye, retinal detachment, or scarring can result in vision loss if left without immediate laser treatment.


  • Diabetic patients with no retinopathy – Eye exam at least once a year
  • Diabetic patients with retinopathy – Frequent eye exam depending on the severity of the disease.

Diagnosis and Treatment:

The best treatment against vision loss from diabetes is to have frequent eye exams. Diabetic Retinopathy usually does not show any symptoms in the early stages, making yearly eye exams crucial.
Recent studies have shown that patients who maintain strict control of their blood sugar will have less chance of vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy.

Early intervention such as laser surgery, diet and blood pressure control will also help prevent the development and progression of the Diabetic Retinopathy. Dr. Lee personally performs all laser treatments in the office and follows up with the latest digital retina camera to treat Diabetic Retinopathy. Laser treatments can be done usually on the first visit.

About This


Diabetic retinopathy is a condition caused by diabetes affecting the eyes. It damages blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision impairment or loss if left untreated.

Regular eye examinations are crucial, typically annually or as recommended by our professionals at LeeVision, to detect and manage diabetic retinopathy in its early stages.

Treatment may include laser therapy, intravitreal injections, or vitrectomy surgery, depending on the severity. Our expert team tailors the approach to individual needs.

Prevention involves optimal diabetes management, regular eye exams, blood pressure control, and a healthy lifestyle. LeeVision emphasizes proactive measures to reduce the risk.

While treatments like laser therapy and injections are generally safe, our professionals at LeeVision will discuss potential side effects during the consultation, ensuring informed decisions.

Recovery varies based on the treatment method. Laser therapy may have minimal downtime, while surgical procedures like vitrectomy may require a more extended recovery.

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