Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 percent of diabetics in the United States have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Sadly, when left undiagnosed, this common complication of diabetes can result in a complete loss of vision.

The eye doctors at California Retina Associates are nationally recognized for their work in the field of vision saving treatments. While there is no way to undo damages already done by diabetic retinopathy, we can provide the most targeted treatment for your condition to help prevent further vision difficulties.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments used for diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Focal laser photocoagulation – Aiming laser energy directly at the affected area or applying it in a grid-like pattern, our eye doctors can target and seal specific blood vessels, remove damaged eye tissue, and clear away scars that can lead to vision loss
  • Scatter laser photocoagulation – Applying tiny spots of laser energy to the periphery of the retina, our eye doctors can treat surrounding tissue without touching the retina itself. This is more effective for treating early stages of diabetic retinopathy


For people with advanced or proliferative diabetic retinopathy, bleeding into the vitreous may render laser treatments ineffective. In some cases, this condition will clear on its own. However, when it fails to do so, a vitrectomy will be necessary to prevent further vision loss.

A vitrectomy is a procedure in which the vitreous humor is removed. The vitreous humor is then replaced with a saline liquid to restore pressure in the inner chamber of the eye. Vitrectomy is more invasive than laser treatment, but may be necessary for advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy. To help reduce your risk for this type of treatment, we recommend people with diabetes visit our office at least once a year even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.

Why Choose California Retina Associates

There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but early detection and targeted treatments are essential for preventing complete vision loss. The eye doctors at California Retina Associates have the training and experience necessary to detect and treat this common disorder, helping ensure clear vision well into the future.

We have assembled a team of internationally recognized retina specialists and remain one of only a handful of ophthalmology practices that can treat even advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy.

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755 or contact California Retina Associates online to schedule a treatment consultation at our San Diego or El Centro, California location.

California Retina Associates

Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243

La Mesa Office
8851 Center drive, Suite 406
La Mesa, CA 91942