Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world, damaging small blood vessels in the eye and throughout the body.
In the retina, these damaged blood vessels leak, swell or close, causing serious vision problems.
Sophisticated lasers are often used to treat areas of leaking and swelling in the retina. This laser uses thermal energy (heat) to precisely target areas of significant damage. These treatments are done in the office and often require only numbing drops for total comfort. Most patients will require more than one treatment and regular follow-up.
Fortunately, most diabetic retinopathy is preventable, although damage caused by diabetic retinopathy cannot be reversed. Your risk is reduced if you follow your prescribed diet and medications, exercise regularly, control your blood pressure, and avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Regular, dilated eye exams are an integral part of making sure your eyes are healthy.