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Diabetic Retinopathy: Frightening, but Controllable

Photo of normal retina

Early Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

This slide shows Early Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy, the beginning of the most severe stage of diabetic retinopathy. Note the hemorrhages on the optic nerve. Even at this advanced stage, patients may only experience minimal symptoms. The only way to know for sure is with regular exams performed by a vitreoretinal specialist. At this stage, extensive laser treatment is necessary. This treatment is called panretinal laser photocoagulation.