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Diabetic eye disease can be treated, and treatments are most effective with early detection of the condition. When the blood vessels in the retina have been affected by diabetic retinopathy, laser surgery has been proven to reduce the risk of severe vision loss by about 60 percent. In the case of macular edema, laser surgery can also be effective to seal leaking blood vessels.
Diabetics are also nearly twice as likely to suffer from cataracts and glaucoma than non-diabetics. Cataract surgery is very effective — most patients will notice improvements in vision in just a few days. Glaucoma, while we don’t have a cure, can also be treated effectively with medication, laser treatment, or surgery.