About Diabetic Retinopathy
All patients with diabetes are at risk of developing this and other ophthalmic disorders. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater their chance of developing this vision condition.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina change, affecting your central vision. This is the leading cause of blindness in young and middle-aged adults today.
In its early stages, there may be little or no visual symptoms. Without early detection and treatment from your eye specialists, diabetic retinopathy can permanently damage the retina.
If the condition is not caught early and there has already been damage to the retina, you may experience symptoms that affect vision. These include:
- Mild blurriness in near or distance vision
- Sudden loss of vision.
- If left untreated, Diabetic Retinopathy can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.
Eye surgeons cannot reverse the damage caused by this condition. However, regular check-ups mean we can catch the disorder in time, and modern treatment options can slow its progression and usually prevent further vision loss.
It is critical for patients with diabetes to be examined on a regular basis, even if they have not noticed any symptoms. The best cure for this disease is to prevent it with strict control of your blood sugar.
- Laser eye surgery
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