Skip to main content

website banner

Request an Appointment
Menu
Home » Private: Your Eye Health » Eye Diseases » Diabetes and Eyesight » Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

95% of people diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, if treated promptly, can avoid significant vision loss.

Laser photocoagulation treatment seals off blood vessels that are leaking into the eye, and stops new blood vessels from growing. This laser treatment only takes a few moments, and is painless.

Sometimes in diabetic retinopathy blood leaks into the vitreous humor in the eye, clouding vision. Some eye doctors wait before choosing treatment, as the blood may dissipate by itself. Another treatment option is a vitrectomy, which removes blood that has already leaked into the vitreous humor.

To improve the supply of blood to the core inner portion of the retina, a laser may be used to destroy tissue on the outside of the retina which is not essential for basic vision. This procedure is used to save vision.

Lucentis is a medication that is administered by an eye doctor using injections. This medication was approved by the FDA is 2015, and is the first non-laser treatment approved by the FDA. The FDA is currently reviewing several other non-laser treatments for diabetic retinopathy.

stouffvillecovid

Dear Valued Patients, 

As per the advice of the Ministry of Health; due to close patient interaction during our exams and fittings our Clinic will continue to ask patients to wear surgical masks upon entry to our office. We have taken extensive measures to keep our team and patients safe including improved air filtration systems.

We ask that if you or someone you live with has been ill in the last 10 days, traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or have been diagnosed or exposed to Covid 19 in the last 10 days or if you or anyone in your household is waiting for the results of a Covid 19 test that you refrain from entering our practice or booking an appointment at this time.

Thank you for understanding.

Be safe, be well.