Diabetic Retinopathy: FAQ
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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition in which the blood vessels in the retinas swell, leaking blood. It is caused by an elevated blood sugar level.
What are the Risk Factors for Diabetic Retinopathy?
If a person has long-term diabetes, they are more likely to also have diabetic retinopathy. However, it can take a decade or longer for the condition to develop. Blood sugar levels that are not consistent and fluctuate often can increase that risk.
Those people who have Type 1 diabetes should be evaluated for diabetic retinopathy no later than five years after they are diagnosed. Follow-up appointments should be scheduled every year afterward.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, be sure to get checked for diabetic retinopathy at the same time as your diagnosis. You should also have follow-up appointments for the condition each year, too.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?
Like many other chronic health conditions, you might not experience any symptoms of diabetic retinopathy when it is still in its earliest stages. Some people do have blurred vision, though. This is a sign that is often easily explained away so it might not prompt you to have it checked.
As diabetic retinopathy progresses, you might notice floaters and cloudy vision. You will also develop blind spots in your vision.
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Even if you do not notice any changes in your vision, however, it is still important for you to have an exam regularly. While treatment probably will not restore any vision loss that has already occurred, we at Eye Society can work to slow the disease's progression. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.