Diabetic retinopathy, as the name suggests, is associated with diabetes. It is best described as damage to the retina that occurs because of defects in or leakage from the fine blood vessels.
The vast majority of those with early diabetic retinopathy are unaware of it. In advanced cases, it can result in vision blurriness and distortion. Diabetics should ensure they see their Optometrist regularly, scheduling annual eye exams.
Since it is a progressive disease, with no treatment, it can cause blindness over time.
Your Optometrist can provide the invaluable monitoring, advice and referral for treatment that diabetics may need.
Diabetic retinopathy illustration
Visual effect of diabetic retinopathy