Diabetic retinopathy is a condition occurring in persons with diabetes, and it causes progressive damage to the retina—the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar (glucose). The disease is characterized by too much sugar in the blood, which can cause damage throughout the body, including the eyes. The disease is the result of damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina and, if left untreated, it can cause blindness.
Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms and Treatment
Symptoms often don’t typically occur but include
• seeing spots or floaters
• blurred vision
• a dark area in the center of vision
• poor night vision
Treatment varies based on severity and may include surgery. If you are a diabetic, it is important to have regular eye exams. To slow or prevent diabetic retinopathy, diabetic patients should take prescribed medications, adhere to their personalized diet plan, exercise regularly and avoiding smoking and alcohol. To read more, click here.
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