Video: How do you treat diabetic retinopathy?

In this video, I give information about the treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

The majority of diabetic retinopathy is treated by laser or injections, but there are injections of many different substances. We can inject steroids in certain cases, but the majority of my patients respond very well to the new medicines that block blood vessel growth. There are other options and we sometimes have to treat associated cataracts and that’s done by surgery.

In very advanced cases of diabetic retinopathy where unfortunately a bleed has already occurred we have to proceed to an operation, which involves removing the blood from that eye. That’s a major operation that we need time to discuss and hopefully we would never get to that point, if you arranged an appointment in a timely fashion, and it was picked up early and you didn’t develop any sight-threatening complications before then.

If you feel like you need to discuss that further, then ring that number at the end of this video and we can chat about your various options available to you.

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About Jaheed Khan

My name is Jaheed Khan and I am a Consultant Eye Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Clinica London.

My special expertise is in cataract surgery and conditions affecting the back of the eye, the retina, including AMD (Age Related Macular Degeneration), diabetic retinopathy, and various other diseases of the retina.

I have over 15 years experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and have published extensively in scientific journals about treating eye conditions.

In my NHS practice, I am responsible day-to-day for the training of the eye surgeons of the future.