What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye are damaged as a result of diabetes. This can seriously affect vision and in some cases cause blindness. Symptoms include blurred or distorted vision that makes it difficult to read standard print, watch television or see people's faces as well as increased sensitivity to glare and difficulty seeing at night
What causes Diabetic Retinopathy?
People with Diabetes are especially at risk of developing Diabetic Retinopathy if they have -
- High blood-sugar levels or poorly managed diabetes
- High blood pressure, particularly if they also have kidney disease
- A long history of diabetes
What is the treatment for Diabetic Retinopathy?
Laser and other surgical procedures can slow the progression of the disease and decreases the risk of vision loss. It is important that people with Diabetes reduce the risk of vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy by having regular eye examinations, take prescribed medicines as instructed, manage blood sugar levels and follow a healthy diet.