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What is the treatment?

Thursday, 28 May 2009

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Several treatment modalities are available depending on the extent of damage. Laser photocoagulation is a technique in which the abnormal leakage of fluid can be reduced using laser. This also helps to regress the abnormal blood vessels in the retina, thereby reducing the chances of bleeding. This treatment does not improve ones vision, but helps to maintain it at that level and slows the progression of the fall in vision. In some case, the blood in the vitreous and the abnormal scar tissue may need to be removed by a procedure called vitrectomy. Newer techniques like vitreous microsurgery and endolaser show an improvement in 60-70% cases.

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