In-Depth Look at Diabetic Retinopathy

As a primary eye care practitioner, I am constantly amazed by the number of diabetic patients I have seen who have never undergone a dilated eye examination or feel they do not need it (or at least not as often as I suggest).

Then there are people with diabetes who are surprised to learn that their eye problems or vision are related to their diabetes. You can browse if you want to know more about diabetic retinopathy.

As an eye doctor, I am very aware of the relationship between diabetes and the potential for eye problems including blindness.

One of our jobs as an eye care provider is to talk to our diabetic patients about the associated eye health risks and the dangers they might face as a result of their condition.

One eye disease that all diabetics must watch out for is diabetic retinopathy. If you already know about this disease, then I offer a reminder of how important it is for you to understand the symptoms, treatments and what you can do to avoid these complications related to diabetes.

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At this point, I remember the worrying statistics that appear on my desk every week. One of the most disturbing statistics for me is that diabetes is the main cause of blindness in Americans aged 75 years or younger and the main cause of new cases of blindness, the most common of which is diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is when diabetes affects the retina, the sensitive tissue of inner light that lines the back of the eye.

This is called diabetic retinopathy. We like to think of the retina as a film in a camera. If it is damaged, the image is never developed or seen – that is why retinopathy is the main threat to vision.