How can laser surgery treat proliferative diabetic retinopathy?

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When the blood vessels in your eyes are leaking blood due to proliferative diabetic retinopathy (when fragile new blood vessels grow along the retina), your doctor may suggest laser surgery to stop the leaks and preserve eye sight. Laser surgery uses tiny beams of light to seal off the leaking blood vessels. You may find it helpful to have a caring friend or family member come with you during treatment.

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