What are the prognostic factors for visual loss in diabetic retinopathy?

Updated: Sep 02, 2021
  • Author: Abdhish R Bhavsar, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Prognostic factors that are favorable for visual loss include the following:

  • Circinate exudates of recent onset

  • Well-defined leakage

  • Good perifoveal perfusion

Prognostic factors that are unfavorable for visual loss include the following:

  • Diffuse edema/multiple leaks

  • Lipid deposition in the fovea

  • Macular ischemia

  • Cystoid macular edema

  • Preoperative vision of less than 20/200

  • Hypertension

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