There are a number of treatments for diabetic retinopathy. However, many of the complications can be delayed by monitoring and controlling your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Regular eye examinations are essential for any one who is diabetic in order to detect early changes which don't result in any visual symptoms. Some people suffering from diabetic retinopathy may benefit from retinal laser photocoagulation. This treatment uses a special retinal laser to shrink abnormal blood vessels and prevents the growth of new blood vessels. Laser photocoagulation is not a cure for diabetic retinopathy but it does slow down and sometimes stop the retinopathy from progressing. Some patients do not respond well to laser treatment and in these cases intravitreal injections may help. If a bleed occurs in the vitreous gel, vision is usually reduced. In these instances, a vitrectomy may need to be performed in order to clear the bleed to improve vision. Although there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, modern treatments will help to maintain the health of your eyes.