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About diabetic retinopathy and vetrictomy. I know they say

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About diabetic retinopathy and vetrictomy. I know they say it could restore a little vision (or not) but do you think that if it just a build up of blood in the eye and it has been left for 10 years that it could be too late? or do they stand the same rate of success as any other person with blood/cloudy in the eye from diabetic retinopathy? (retina is not detached)

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If the blood has been inside the eye (vitreous) for 10 years with no retinal detachment, it is possible to restore some vision after vitrectomy. In general, depending on the extent of the blood, part of the decrease in the vision could be the blood staining of the lens and/or retina. With vitrectomy the stain could initially remain, but may slowly improve. It may also be necessary later to perform lens replacement cataract surgery to further improve your vision. In the meantime, I suggest that you request that your eye doctor use Potential acuity meter equipment to estimate how much improvement to expect. This equipment will give you only an estimate, it could be slightly better or less after the actual surgery.

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