Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and process sugar. One ocular complication of diabetes is called diabetic retinopathy. In diabetic retinopathy, damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye occurs which can lead to bleeding and swelling of the retina. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can include blurred vision, fluctuations in vision, floaters or blind spots in your vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.Treatment for diabetic retinopathy includes using injections and lasers to help reduce bleeding and swelling in the back of the eye. Diabetics need to have annual, dilated eye examinations to screen for this potentially blinding condition.
Did you know….
that both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at risk for diabetic retinopathy. The longer one has diabetes, the greater the likelihood one has of developing diabetic retinopathy. The best way to decrease your risk for developing diabetic retinopathy is to eat well, exercise regularly and maintain good control of your blood sugar levels.