Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetes complication that affects eyes. It's caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina).

At first, diabetic retinopathy might cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. But it can lead to blindness.

The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this eye complication.

What Happens When You Have Diabetic Retinopathy?

You can have diabetic retinopathy and not know it. This is because it often has no symptoms in its early stages. As diabetic retinopathy gets worse, you will notice symptoms such as:

  • seeing an increasing number of floaters.
  • having blurry vision.
  • having vision that changes sometimes from blurry to clear.
  • seeing blank or dark areas in your field of vision.
  • having poor night vision.
  • noticing colors appear faded or washed out.
  • losing vision.

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