What is Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy?
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy or PDR is an advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy where patients are at high risk for permanent vision loss. Vision loss occurs either through the development of tractional retinal detachments, severe bleeding in the eye filling the eye with blood (vitreous hemorrhage) or swelling in the center of the retina (diabetic macular edema). Patients with PDR can have no symptoms and be completely unaware of the condition, until their vision suddenly worsens. Early intervention with surgery, laser or injections is necessary to reduce the risk of permanent blindness. If you have PDR you should be seen by a surgical retina specialist immediately to discuss all your treatment options and preserve your vision.
If you have diabetes or are experiencing any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.