What to Expect After Laser Treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy

Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about what to expect after having laser eye treatment for diabetic retinopathy.

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Dr. Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist, talks about what to expect after having laser eye treatment for diabetic retinopathy.
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Featuring Amit Gupta, MD, FACS, Ophthalmologist

Duration: 1 minute, 13 seconds

After having laser in the eye, what you can expect is a short period, about 10 to 15 minutes, of discolouration of your vision, which starts out as a purple colour and then slowly fades into a red or pink colour, and eventually becomes normal vision in about 15 minutes.

Aside from that, very, very rarely, we’ll see somebody have a headache enough that they need Tylenol, but nothing more than that. In addition, you should have someone to drive you afterwards, to get home. You are allowed to use a cell phone, you are allowed to use your computer, read a book, watch TV. Once the dilation wears off, you are free to do everything, there are no restrictions in activities. If you find any problems, which are extremely rare, such as tremendous number of floaters, or anything that you think is a vision loss, you should immediately get help, as you should in any time that this type of thing happens.

For more information about laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy, talk to your eye doctor.

Presenter: Dr. Amit Gupta, Ophthalmologist, Scarborough, ON

Local Practitioners: Ophthalmologist

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Quiz: Do You Understand Diabetic Retinopathy?

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Diabetic retinopathy usually affects one eye.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes, and anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

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Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by poor blood control management.

Explanation:

Diabetic retinopathy can be caused by poor blood control management. Excess sugar in your blood can lead to a blockage of the blood vessels leading to the retina, cutting off the blood supply.

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Effectively managing your serum cholesterol levels can help prevent diabetic retinopathy.

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If you can manage your blood sugars and A1C levels, keep your blood pressure low and controlled and manage your serum cholesterol levels, your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy will be significantly reduced

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Steroid injections are not a treatment for diabetic retinopathy.

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Diabetic retinopathy treatment includes anti-VEGF medication, steroid injections, vitrectomy to remove vitreous gel and blood from leaking vessels or laser surgery to seal off leaking blood vessels.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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