Uncontrolled diabetic blood sugar can affect the circulation of blood to the eye. This could lead to Diabetic Retinopathy – also known as diabetic eye disease – a vision threatening condition of the eye. Prevention and early detection could reduce the incidence of visual problems associated with this condition.

What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetes can affect one’s retinal blood vessels. The retina is an important part of the eye that that absorbs light converting it to images that the we use to see. Consequently damage to the retinal blood vessels by diabetes may reduce or prevent having good vision from that eye.

Some diabetic eye disease blood vessels may begin to leak or bleed. As diabetic eye disease advances poor circulation, scar tissue, retinal detachment and retina disorganization could limit vision recovery and in some advance cases result in loss of vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy Stages

There are multiple stages of diabetic retinopathy. The initial stages may only involve small amounts of blood being released onto the retina or into the eye, which may cause one to have blurry vision. As the disease advances, however, the retina may bleed, become swollen and damaged by scarring. Without a healthy retina, partial vision loss or blindness may occur.

Westchester Eye Surgeons has helped diabetic retinopathy patients for over 20 years.

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