Diabetic retinopathy is a damage to the eye retina (the back of the eye) that occurs with long-term diabetes. The retina is part of an irreversible eye, because of the damage, most of the time is permanent. Therefore, especially for diabetics, they must see their eyes with an eye specialist at least once a year. If you see black spots (floaters) or flashes light, you must have a comprehensive retina exam as it may be the first signs of the retina; which can cause a terrible retina detachment.
What are the signs and symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
- Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters)
- Blurred vision.
- Fluctuating vision.
- Impaired colour vision.
- Dark or empty areas in your vision.
- Vision loss.
What kind of treatment & benefit for diabetic retinopathy?
Treatment largely depends on the type of diabetic retinopathy and severity. Treatment goal is to slow down or stop the progression of the condition.
Types of treatment:
How to prevent diabetic retinopathy?
- Manage your diabetes.
- Monitor your blood sugar level.
- Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
- Quit smoking.
- Be alert on your vision changes.
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