Video: How quickly does treatment for diabetic retinopathy work?

The National Health Service does provide excellent treatment for diabetic retinopathy for the large majority of people. However, it’s not necessarily as timely as we hoped. The newer treatments are not necessarily available on the National Health Service and the emerging treatments that are available often take time to get on the NHS.

There is one drug now which isn’t proved on the National Health Service which can be given privately. And there is good evidence that that is as effective, if not more effective, than certain other treatments. The other advantage is the less injections with this newer type of drug.

So the NHS does do a good job, but privately I can provide all the options for treatment on a timely manner of regular intervals that you need. And again, you’re going to be seen by myself who is the consultant at every visit and you’ll be monitored very closely, which is not always the case unfortunately on the NHS, due to financial restrictions.

If you want to discuss any of these options, and what’s best for you, then ring the number at the end of the video and we talk about it further.

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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.
Mr. Jaheed Khan Bsc (Hons) MD FRCOphth