Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye inside the retina are damaged due to diabetes which can seriously affect vision and in some cases cause
The Melbourne Vision Impairment Project showed that almost onethird (29.1%) of Australians with diabetes, over the age of 40 years had diabetic retinopathy, with most having non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy.
Typically, during the earlier (non-proliferative) stages of diabetic retinopathy, a person?s vision will be monitored carefully. In the past, treatment may not have been recommended unless vision had been affected. The drug fenofibrate which is normally used for treating people with high or unbalanced blood lipid levels, has recently been shown to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy progressing by about 30%. It appears to provide benefit even for people who have normal lipid levels3. Now a days focal or grid laser was the preferred treatment approach.