If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you’re at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, and you should take action immediately to prevent it.
Treating diabetic retinopathy early can yield fantastic results. As many as 95% of patients avoid substantial vision loss if they are treated in time. That’s why it’s so important to have regular eye exams to check for diabetic retinopathy.
Anti-vascular endothelial growth factors or Anti-VEGF’s such as Avastin and Eylea are medications that help to prevent vision loss and in some circumstances restore some vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy.
Patients who have reached the proliferative retinopathy stage – where abnormal blood vessels grow on the retina – can be treated with a procedure called laser photocoagulation. Here we use a laser to seal off leaking blood vessels and prevent further growth of blood vessels, leading to loss of vision.
If you have blurred vision because of a vitreous haemorrhage – where blood leaks into the ‘gel’ that fills the eye – you may also need a vitrectomy. Vitrectomy is also used for retinal detachment caused by diabetes.
Cataract and glaucoma treatment
Sometimes diabetic retinopathy can also cause cataracts and glaucoma, in which case you may need a cataract operation or glaucoma treatment as well.
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At your consultation, we’ll diagnose your issues, answer your questions and give you a clear recommendation based on your needs. You’ll confidently leave with a clear understanding of your treatment options.
After treatment, people often tell us how pleased they were that they took action when they did. They’re often so glad that they reached out so that we could address their concerns and help them resolve their troublesome eye condition.
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As part of his ophthalmology specialty training, Dr Dunne gained valuable experience in major centres such as Auckland and Wellington, with a final two years undertaking Medical Retina advanced training based at the Greenlane Eye Clinic in Auckland. LEARN MORE
Treatment for diabetic retinopathy should involve both a medical doctor and an ophthalmologist. Your medical doctor can help you better control blood sugar and can treat other complications of diabetes that may worsen diabetic retinopathy, such as impaired kidney or heart function. Your ophthalmologist can directly treat retinopathy with a laser or a surgical procedure called vitrectomy, to prevent further vascular changes and preserve vision. Click here to read more.
People with diabetes can have an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This is when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. These blood vessels can swell and leak. Or they can close, stopping blood from passing through. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow on the retina. All of these changes can steal your vision. Click here to read more.