There are various treatments available for different manifestations of diabetic retinopathy. It used to be that the laser treatment, of one form or another, is the treatment of choice.
Currently, there are intraocular injections of steroids, anti-VEGF drugs, in addition to the traditional laser. Soon, the sustained release drug delivery system will be an option as well.
A laser treatment used to be the mainstay for treating macular edema, which is swelling of the retina caused by leaky retinal blood vessels. You can navigate to online resources and find out more information about laser photocoagulation therapy.
Macular edema is the most common way of diabetic patients can lose vision, and it happens almost every patient.
If swelling develops right in the center of the retina, called the macula, vision may become blurred. The more severe the swelling, blurred vision.
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Swelling of the retina can be treated with laser treatment. While this does not guarantee that vision will improve, it is possible that the vision loss is stopped.
Good intraocular steroid injections, and "anti-VEGF" drugs, are becoming more popular among retinal specialists for the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME).
Both agents delivered as an injection directly into the eye and has proven very effective in reversing macular edema. While they may not have replaced the traditional laser therapy, they become a viable alternative.
Steroids are very effective in reversing macular edema. It seems as if the inflammation plays a role in "leaky" blood vessels is common in diabetic macular edema. Steroids are great at blocking inflammation.