Diabetic Retinopathy

The retina lines the back of the eye like the film of a camera. Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a condition that may affect people with all types of diabetes. DR affects the blood vessels at the back of the eye. Vessels may leak fluid or bleed, or may close down altogether.

The risk of developing DR increases with duration of diabetes. The risk is also related to the level of diabetic control and to other factors such as blood pressure. Diabetic control may worsten in pregnancy.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic-Retinopathy- 2 Northland Eye Specialists

Symptoms:

  • There may be no symptoms initially
  • Blurring of vision
  • Floaters
  • Sudden profound loss of vision


All diabetics should have their retinae examined early in the course of their diabetes, and then at regular intervals thereafter. The frequency of examination may differ from person to person; an ophthalmologist can advise you on this.

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