Today, we know that all diabetics need to have regular eye exams because with early and aggressive treatment of diabetic retinopathy it is possible to maintain vision and prevent severe vision loss for many patients. Depending on the stage of Diabetic Retinopathy, the potential for and the amount of vision loss, it is possible to treat, stabilize and often reverse the effects of the disease. Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy can entail the use retinal laser photocoagulation treatment as well as intravitreal injections of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Inhibitor drugs or other drugs. However, successful management of diabetic eye problems requires early diagnosis and treatment.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Eye Institute have funded a number of large scale, multi-center, controlled studies that have produced clinical care guidelines for Diabetic Retinopathy used our physicians. These include:
We use the results of these studies to guide patients in the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy since with early treatment it is possible for patients with Diabetic Retinopathy to have only half the likelihood of losing vision as compared to those patients who fail to receive early treatment.
These studies have produced treatment guidelines indicating which patients may benefit from various treatment options to preserve vision and delay progression of vision loss. Dr. Kelly uses the results of these studies to guide patients in the treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy since with early treatment it is possible for patients with diabetic retinopathy to have only half the likelihood of losing vision as compared to those patients who fail to receive early treatment.
Diabetic Laser Treatment
What to Expect During Diabetic Laser Treatment
Your Diabetic Laser Eye Surgery will be performed in our office at Center for Sight by Retinal Specialist Robert Kelly, M.D. To prepare you for Diabetic Laser Eye Surgery eye drops will be placed in your eye to dilate your pupil, and to numb your eye and minimize any discomfort. The lighting in the laser suite will be dimmed and you will find a comfortable seated position facing the Laser. Dr. Kelly will gently hold a special lens to your eye to help focus the Laser. During the treatment you should expect to see flashes of light that may be associated with some stinging sensation that may be a bit uncomfortable. After your treatment you will need someone to drive you home. You should also bring a pair of sunglasses, as your eyes will still be dilated after the laser treatment. During the remainder of the day of your treatment, your vision may be somewhat blurry. If there is more than mild discomfort, you should call our office and Dr. Kelly will able to make suggestions as needed.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or even if you are just glucose intolerant, you should have a thorough diabetic eye examination and ongoing examinations for Diabetic Retinopathy at Center for Sight as with early intervention and treatment the potential for vision loss can be significantly reduced. Please call us in Fall River, Massachusetts at 508-730-2020.
Center for Sight is conveniently located for diabetic patients in need of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy in Massachusetts or Rhode Island from Attleboro, Fairhaven, Fall River, Franklin, Mansfield, Marion, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Milford, New Bedford, North Attleboro, North Dartmouth, Norton, Oxford, Rehoboth, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Walpole, Whitinsville, Woonsocket, Providence, Smithfield, Westport, Lakeville, Dighton, Little Compton and Tiverton.