Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a damage of the retina caused by diabetes mellitus complications. If left untreated the condition will lead to blindness. With routine checks and effective management of the underlying diabetes, early blindness due to diabetic retinopathy (DR) is usually preventable. DR is damage to the blood vessels in the retina which is caused by diabetes. Symptoms include blurred vision, color difficulties, floaters and even total vision loss. People with diabetes will have their vision tested to rule out DR at least once per annum. There are retinal surgeries that can relieve symptoms but the most effective way to prevent DR is to control diabetes and manage early symptoms.

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