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Can diabetic retinopathy be directly treated?

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This condition happens when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels in your retina and causes vision loss. Your ophthalmologist can treat retinopathy with a laser or a surgical procedure called vitrectomy. That can help prevent more damage to your blood vessels and save your vision. Don't be surprised if your doctor recommends one of these treatments before you notice any vision problems. The best time to treat diabetic retinopathy is before problems start.

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 29, 2021

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on April 29, 2021

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