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Diabetic Eye Disease

What causes it?

Diabetes is a very common disease in ageing. It causes leakage and bleeding of blood vessels on the retina and even glaucoma.

Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms; hence, it is important to have regular screening to identify early signs of diabetic retinopathy.

What are the treatments for Diabetic Retinopathy?

Primary prevention is key in the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy, regular diabetic photo screening is needed to detect early signs of the disease but even more important is good diabetic control. The better the control, the slower the progression of the disease.

In the event of progression to the diabetic disease, the first line of treatment comes in the form of laser treatment and/or eye injections.  If tractional retinal detachment occurs, surgery will be required. In the case of the development of glaucoma secondary to severe diabetes, eye drops, laser and/or surgery may be needed to control eye pressure and prevent damage to the optic nerve.