(photocoagulation) can be an effective treatment for
diabetic retinopathy. But it does not cure the
disease. It can prevent, delay, and sometimes reverse vision loss. Without
either laser treatment or surgery, vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy
and its complications may get worse until blindness occurs. So early treatment
is vital to slowing vision loss, which can happen quickly.
diabetic retinopathy causes bleeding (hemorrhage) into the
vitreous gel, extensive scar tissue formation, or
retinal detachment, surgical removal of the vitreous
gel (vitrectomy) may be needed before laser treatment is considered.
Colleen Schultz was stunned to learn that her blood sugar level was high during a routine doctor visit in the fall of 2010. Though she did not have diabetes, her results were in the prediabetes range. "I was very upset," says Schultz, a drapery fabricator in Voorheesville, N.Y. "It was depressing thinking I was falling apart. I didn't want to take medications for the rest of my life."
Her doctor gave her a prescription, which Schultz tried and then decided she'd rather focus on her doctor's other...
laser treatment is used to treat several spots on the retina during one or,
most often, two sessions. It reduces the risk of serious bleeding and the
progression of severe proliferative retinopathy.
Laser photocoagulation can result in some loss of vision,
because it destroys some of the nerve cells in the retina and can cause the abnormal blood vessels to go away. With pan-retinal
photocoagulation, this most often affects the outside (peripheral) vision,
because the laser is directed at that area. Your vision may be worse right
after treatment. But vision loss caused by laser treatment is mild compared
with the vision loss that may be caused by untreated retinopathy.
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