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Diabetic Retinopathy

Treating Diabetic Retinopathy

Geisinger’s ophthalmology specialists have advanced expertise in diagnosing and treating one of the most serious complications of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy. This condition occurs when abnormal blood vessels form and leak blood into the center of the eye, causing blurred vision. Damaged retinal blood vessels can lead to poor vision and, if left untreated, blindness.

Fluid can also leak into the center of the macula resulting in swelling and obstructing vision. To reduce this macular swelling, our specialists perform sophisticated laser surgery, called PASCAL (Patterned Scanning Laser). This laser technology seals hundreds of tiny spaces in the retina to prevent them from leaking fluid, helping restore sharp vision. Treatment time is fast and can be pain-free. 

Did You Know?

The National Institutes of Health estimates that between 40 and 45 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. Since there are no early warning signs, those with diabetes should have a dilated eye exam every year to help prevent these complications.
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