Diabetic Retinopathy

What Happens
Diabetic Retinopathy ?

In diabetic retinopathy, the blood vessels in the retina get blocked and start leaking fluid. In others, irregular new blood vessels Irregular new blood vessels grow which lead to vitreous hemorrhage and retinal detachments. These changes result in vision loss and finally blindness.


Symptoms :

If you have Diabetic Retinopathy, you may observe:

Floaters, Spots, or Strings
Blurry Vision
Fluctuating Vision
Poor Color Vision & Contrast
Blind Spots in Field of Vision
Difficulty in seeing at Night


Here are some common questions about diabetic retinopathy.

Who is at higher risk for diabetic retinopathy?

Unpredictable blood sugar levels and long-term diabetes increase the risk of this disease. Most people may not develop diabetic retinopathy until quite late of having diabetic. Nevertheless, all diabetic patients should get there retina check-up done every yearly / as per suggested by there retina consultants. With the availability of modern treatment options along with good systemic control and compliance, diabetic retinopathy can be manage very well and visual loss can be prevented. Early diagnosis and management plays an important role.

Does diabetes cause bleeding inside the eye?

Yes. This is the most important sign of retinopathy for diabetics. In the early stages, the bleeding is in the form of small aneurysms. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, it leads to formation of abnormal new blood vessels which cause repetitive bleeding inside the eye.

What can I do to protect my vision?

The only way to monitor diabetic retinopathy getting it diagnosed early and managed by experts before it induces vision loss or blindness. So, if you have diabetes, then make sure you get your eyes checked for diabetic retinopathy at least once a year / as per suggested by your retina consultant.

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