Diabetic retinopathy is an eye problem that targets the retina of the patient. The blood vessels present in the retina swell and start leaking fluid. This disturbs the vision of the patient and, if the problem is not treated, can lead to blindness. It is a common problem in adults.
Diabetes type 1 and type 2 are responsible for causing diabetic retinopathy. The tiny blood vessels present in the retina of diabetic patients thicken and their vascular walls become permeable, allowing fluids, sometimes blood, to leak into the eyes, blocking vision.
Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with laser surgery. In this procedure, the bleeding vessels are closed permanently by burning the retina in various places.
At Mountain View Medical Center, we offer Panretinal Photocoagulation for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy. It’s one of the safest and most effective methods for treating this problem and can preserve the vision of the patient. The procedure is a simple one in which a scatter laser is used to cause burns to specific areas of the retina to shrink the blood vessels that had been leaking fluid. Since a number of burns have to be made, the procedure is often performed in multiple sittings.
Panretinal Photocoagulation is an outpatient procedure at our clinic, so you will be allowed to go home afterwards. Recovery from the procedure does not take a lot of time. You will be able to resume your activities within a few weeks of having the surgery.
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that can lead to blindness. If you want to preserve your vision then having the Panretinal Photocoagulation procedure from our clinic is your best available option. For more information call us or fill out this form today.