Treatment: Diabetic retinopathy2018-12-14T16:11:50+00:00

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness

  • Conditions Treated

    Diabetic retinopathy / Diabetic maculopathy.

  • Treatable Areas

    Eye / Retina

  • Prices

    Please contact us to inquire about fees.

  • Practitioner


  • Downtime

    Vision will be hazy or blurry for about 24 hours after surgery.

  • Your Specialists

Jaheed Khan

Medical Retina
Cataract Surgeon

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Michel Michaelides

Medical Retina
Inherited Retinal Specialist

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Diabetic Retinopathy

The Problem

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness in industrialised countries, affecting the retina of diabetic patients. See Eye Anatomy drawing below to see where the retina is.s14eyeanatomy-2

Diabetes affects up to 3% of the world population. Diabetic Retinopathy refers to the effect of diabetes on the retina (the light sensitive part of the back of the eye). Not everyone with diabetes gets diabetic retinopathy, but it is related to the duration of the diabetes and the metabolic control of the patients. Patients that control their diabetes poorly can develop retinopathy within a few years whilst patients that control their diabetes well may not develop retinopathy at all.

Diabetic retinopathy affects the small arteries and capillaries in the retina, causing haemorrhages within the retina or to the vitreous cavity and growth of abnormal blood vessels within the retina. It presents with blurred or distorted vision due to vitreous abnormalities and macular oedema. If untreated, late stage proliferation diabetic retinopathy can cause retinal detachment, severe glaucoma (neovascular glaucoma) and blindness.

Early diabetic retinopathy is often asymptomatic. The retina should be screened regularly to detect early background diabetic retinopathy that may progress. Symptoms depend on how advanced the disease is but the main one is visual impairment to some degree.

The Treatment

The treatment for diabetic retinopathy depends on what type of diabetes in the eye you have. Sometimes treatment is not needed, and it is enough to sustain good metabolic control and have ophthalmological examinations regularly. If the disease continues to progress despite this, the next step may be laser treatment. Patients with neovascular glaucoma, retinal detachment or haemorrhages inside the eye may require medical treatment and vitreoretinal surgery. The new medical treatments for diabetic retinopathy may involve eye injections of special drugs which arrest the retinopathy and stabilise or improve the vision. Two Retinal Ophthalmologists do this at Clinica London, eye surgeons Michel Michaelides and Jaheed Khan specialise in diabetic retinopathy.

The Results

The result is a stabilised or improved vision.

Product Range

Our product range includes:

  • Eye injections
  • Drugs
  • Laser treatment

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, when you feel discomfort, we can administer local anaesthetic.
It will take 20 to 30 minutes.
Usually after a day or two your vision will be back to the way it was before.
You should control your eyes every year to ensure results remain stable.