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Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, especially if their blood sugar levels remain high for long periods of time.

Overall, patients with severe diabetes or who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels should have frequent eye exams. While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, there are many treatments to help slow or stop the damage within the eye to help improve and stabilize the vision.

The doctors at Vision Institute can help save your remaining vision if you are a patient battling diabetic retinopathy. Make an appointment with us today for more information.

Some signs of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Blurred vision or vision loss over time
  • Floaters or shadows
  • Difficulty seeing at night
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What causes diabetic retinopathy?

High blood sugar levels in diabetic patients over time damage the small blood vessels and capillaries throughout the body, but the delicate area within the eye seems to be most prone to noticeable damage. Over time these small blood vessels start to leak fluid and protein into the retina leading to blurry vision and in the long run they start to shut down. This in turn, especially with more advanced disease, leads to formation of new but abnormally weak blood vessels which tend to cause big bleeds and scarring. Sometimes scarring can lead to a type of retinal detachment, called tractional detachment.

For more information on diabetic retinoplasty, visit EyeSmart

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