According to experts, many people with diabetes have some form of diabetic retinopathy. Sadly, when left undiagnosed, this common complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes can result in severe visual impairment, and even a complete loss of vision.

California Retina Associates operates several leading San Diego diabetic retinopathy treatment centers. Our eye doctors 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 its progression and any further vision difficulties.

Laser Treatments

There are two laser treatments that our team recommends for cases of diabetic retinopathy:

  • 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 leaking 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 central area of the retina itself. This is more effective for treating early stages of diabetic retinopathy.

Although laser treatment cannot improve vision, it can prevent further vision loss. Sometimes more than one laser treatment is needed to achieve the desired results.


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 and blood from leaking vessels are 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 not currently experiencing any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.


We can use medications known as anti-VEGF medications to reduce swelling and inhibit the development of new, abnormal blood vessels.

Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Cured?

There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but early detection and targeted treatments are essential for preventing its progression and partial or 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.

San Diego Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment

California Retina Associates has assembled a team of internationally recognized retina specialists and remains one of only a handful of ophthalmology practices that can treat even advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic eye diseases.

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 one of our San Diego office locations.