Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes damage to the eyes. Over time, the blood vessels in the back of the eye become damaged and very sensitive to light. Most people notice only mild vision problems at first, but if left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. This condition can be a symptom of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is something that should be monitored in people with diabetes. The following is a brief look at diabetic retinopathy, including common signs, causes, risk factors, and treatments.
Most people do not have obvious symptoms while in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, which is one reason it is so vital to monitor people who are at high risk. Some symptoms become obvious as the condition progresses. These range in severity, but all require a visit to the eye doctor.
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