Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication that arises due to diabetes, in which the blood vessels in the retina are damaged. People who have type I and type II diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms are:
• Mild vision problems in the beginning
• Spots or dark strings floating in your vision
• Fluctuating vision
• Dark or empty areas in vision
• Vision loss
HOW IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the issue can be done by a general physician or an ophthalmologist through a routine eye exam as well as an eye pressure test that will check for the presence of glaucoma. Also, the doctor will look for cataracts and abnormal blood vessels.
HOW IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY TREATED?
The main treatments for more advanced diabetic retinopathy are:
• laser treatment
• injections of medication into the eyes
• an operation to remove blood or scar tissue from the eyes
DID YOU KNOW?
Diabetes retinopathy is a systemic disease and an ocular manifestation of diabetes that occurs in about 80% of people who have had diabetes for over 20 years. The longer you have diabetes, the greater will be your risk of developing this condition.