Do you have diabetes? If you do, or if you have a friend or family member with diabetes, then you know how important it is to control this disease. Diabetic Retinopathy is a group of eye problems that arise as a complication of diabetes. They will reduce vision and can cause blindness if nothing is done.
Cataracts and Glaucoma are regarded as two of these problems because they tend to develop at a younger age in diabetics, and more often than in the general population. The third one in the group is diabetic retinopathy – damaged blood vessels in the eye’s retina.
If you are managing your diabetes well you are to be congratulated. It will keep you healthy and preserve your eyesight longer. But at some point, diabetic retinopathy will begin and you won’t know it.
Read more about the stages, symptoms and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy.
Find out about treatment and long term care.