How is diabetic retinopathy in London treated?
The mainstay of treatment for diabetic retinopathy is laser treatment. I will usually carry out laser treatment as an outpatient procedure, or day case. The procedure is fairly simple. First I need to dilate your pupils with drops, and you’ll sit at a special instrument with a slit lamp attached to it, which has a laser.
The main treatments for this condition include laser photocoagulation and injections of anti-VEGF medicines into the vitreous.
It’s very rare to feel anything at all when treating maculopathy. However, when treating proliferative retinopathy, some patients report discomfort. if that is the case, then local anaesthetic can be administered to numb the pain. It is also possible to deliver the treatment under general anaesthetic.
Usually the vision improves over the next hour or two after treatment, after experience a period of blurriness. Usually after a day or two, your vision will be back to the way it was before the problem was treated.