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Ocular Oxygenation and the Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy

Authors
Journal
Survey of Ophthalmology
0039-6257
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
51
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2006.04.005
Keywords
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Ischemia
  • Macular Edema
  • Neovascularization
  • Oxygen
  • Retinal Laser Treatment
  • Vitreous Surgery

Abstract

Abstract Retinal photocoagulation and vitrectomy both reduce diabetic macular edema and neovascularization in diabetic retinopathy. We suggest that this clinical effect is based on the effect these treatment modalities have on retinal oxygenation, and we present a theory to explain why retinal photocoagulation and vitrectomy influence edema and neovascularization in diabetic and other ischemic retinopathies.

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