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?
Diabetic retinopathy is detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes:
• Visual acuity testing.
• Pupil dilation.
• Optical coherence tomography (OCT).
• fluorescein angiogram
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?
Careful management of diabetes is the only way to prevent diabetic retinopathy