Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of new cases blindness in adults from 20-74 years of age.
Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured.
Early in the disease, patients may be symptom free which underscores the importance of annual exams.
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue at the back of the eye (retina). Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor.
Early symptoms include floaters, blurriness, dark areas of vision, and difficulty perceiving colors. Blindness can occur.
Mild cases may be treated with careful diabetes management. Advanced cases may require laser treatment or surgery.