Diabetes may cause the tiny vessels in the retina to close off or leak, which can result in vision loss. Patients may require laser therapy to shrink abnormal new vessels, reduce swelling, or stop leaking vessels. Laser treatment is performed in our Plymouth office in a comfortable exam room setting.
Patients can expect to have their pupil dilated as well as a topical or local anesthetic medication prior to the laser procedure. Treatments can last 10 to 20 minutes, and normal activities can resume immediately. Multiple laser treatments may be required over time, and our doctors will closely monitor your vision with diagnostics and imagery to assess the need for further retinal therapy.
With proper monitoring of your blood sugar and regular check-ups with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist, you can significantly reduce vision complications associated with diabetes. Our doctors work with primary care doctors and endocrinologists throughout the South Shore and Boston, as a team to ensure proper eye care. All patients with diabetes whether on medication or not, need an annual dilated eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist.
Diabetic patients should see us at Associated Eye Surgeons promptly if they have vision changes that affect only one eye, last more than a few days, and are not associated with a change in blood sugar. Call for an appointment.
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