Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Patients with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, which could cause sight-threatening complications such as abnormal blood vessels or hemorrhages in the eyes. Some symptoms include:
    • Seeing floaters or spots
    • Blurred vision
    • Having a dark or empty spot in the center of your vision
    • Difficulty seeing at night.
  • Diabetic patients must visit their optometrist at least once a year to prevent vision loss. An optometrist can diagnose diabetic retinopathy early and prevent further damage to the eye, which prevents vision loss. The doctor might recommend treatments such as taking medication on time, diets, good exercise, controlling high blood pressure, and avoiding alcohol and smoking. Sometimes laser treatment and injections of medication may be used to treat diabetic retinopathy.

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