Stabilising the disease to minimise further vision loss is the objective of any treatment.
Treatment combinations will depend on how advanced the disease is and if the blood vessels are leaking, and they include:
- – Managing your diabetes – including regular eye examinations, control of blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.
- – Laser treatment – procedures called Pan-Retinal Photocoagulation (PRP) target and shrink leaking blood vessels and can be used to reduce growth of new fragile vessels, helping prevent vision loss.
- – Intravitreal injections – anti-VEGF drugs or steroids are injected directly into the jelly-like material inside your eye known as the vitreous.
- – Vitrectomy surgery – may be required for severe cases of diabetic retinopathy that will not respond to laser treatment.