The effects of diabetes may cause tiny blood vessels in the retina to become diseased and damaged. They swell and leak blood or fluids around the retina. Scar tissue forms on the retina as those blood vessels heal and can damage the retina to the point where it is less effective and vision is impaired. That slow process is called diabetic retinopathy and it may happen over months or even years.
The longer a person has diabetes the greater the risk of diabetic retinopathy occurring. It is reported that, of every 10 people who have had diabetes for 15 years, 8 will have some damage to their retina.
If retinopathy is not treated effectively, patients risk serious eye damage which can lead to blindness. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to prevent loss of vision, and modern techniques such as laser treatment or vitrectomy ensure the best possible outcome for you.
Day surgery treatment means you can be taken home on the same day and soon after your surgery is completed.
Please Note: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with such a procedure you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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