Health Condition


About This Condition

The term retinopathy indicates damage to the retina at the back of the eye. Several conditions, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, can lead to the development of retinopathy.


Retinopathy often has no early warning signs. If retinopathy progresses, partial or total blindness may result.

Other Therapies

In treating advanced retinopathy, doctors may use laser surgery to shrink abnormal blood vessels at the back of the eye. This treatment results in a loss of some peripheral (side) vision, a sacrifice that preserves the remaining field of vision. Laser surgery for retinopathy may also reduce color and night vision. A surgical alternative to laser surgery, called vitrectomy, is sometimes used if the eye has become cloudy due to hemorrhage (bleeding). Vitrectomy replaces the vitreous humor (transparent fluid in the interior of the eyeball behind the lens) with a salt solution.


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