Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes which consists of group of eye problems. People with diabetes have a risk for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataract. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye disease caused by diabetes and id the leading cause of blindness. It is caused in retina when change in blood vessels occurs. It can develop in anyone having type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The less controlled your blood sugar is and longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop diabetic retinopathy

In few people having diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels can swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels may grow on the surface of the retina. A healthy retina is needed for good vision. A change in the vision is first noticed if you have diabetic retinopathy. But over time, it can get worse and can cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both the eyes.

The symptoms can include:

  • Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters)

  • Blurred vision

  • Fluctuating vision

  • Impaired color vision

  • Dark or empty areas in your vision

  • Vision loss

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