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Laser treatment and vitrectomy reduce the risk of blindness in patients with severe diabetic retinopathy by 90%.

Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy. http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy.asp

Reference

Title
Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy
Publisher
National Eye Institute
Authors
National Eye Institute
URL
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