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Eye (Lond). 1997;11 ( Pt 6):872-5.

Exudative age-related macular degeneration in patients with diabetic retinopathy and its relation to retinal laser photocoagulation.

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Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To study the relationship between exudative age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and assess the influence of retinal laser photocoagulation for diabetic retinopathy on the occurrence of exudative age-related macular degeneration.

METHODS:

Two groups, one of diabetic retinopathy patients treated with laser and the other of non-laser-treated diabetic retinopathy patients, were studied by means of fundoscopy and fluorescein angiography for the presence of exudative age-related macular degeneration.

RESULTS:

Exudative age-related macular degeneration was not observed in 431 patients treated with laser photocoagulation, and was diagnosed in 3.3% of 151 non-laser-treated patients.

CONCLUSION:

Patients treated by laser photocoagulation for diabetic retinopathy are less prone to develop the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration.

PMID:
9537150
DOI:
10.1038/eye.1997.224
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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