• What happens to the existing fluid in the eye after PRP surgery?


    Question:
    My vision after PRP surgery is still blurry. If this procedure aims to stop leak and growth of abnormal blood vessels, what happens to the existing fluid/blood in the eye?

    Answer:
    PRP (pan-retinal photocoagulation) prevents the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina that can happen in proliferative diabetic retinopathy (when diabetes damages retinal blood vessels in the back of the eye). It takes time for the laser to take full effect and does not typically change or affect your central vision. But the PRP laser will not affect existing fluid or bleeding in the back of the eye. It takes time for fluid to clear from the eye and can take longer in a diabetic eye. Continue seeing your ophthalmologist who can provide more detailed information based on follow-up exam findings.

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