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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How does laser surgery treat diabetic retinopathy?

    And what are the side effects? Are there any risks involved?
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    Simon has over 30 years experience in Optometry and Optical Dispensing and is the owner of North Lakes Optometry, an Ethical, Independent Optometry Practice providing … View Profile

    Laser photocoagulation reduces the oxygen demand in the retina so that the blood supply which is compromised can cope better. Side effects include mild discomfort and light sensitivity. There are risks of course, but untreated diabetic retinopathy is much more likely to lead to blindness.

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