If you have diabetes and are having trouble seeing or noticing new spots in your vision, you may have an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy.
In the video below, Dr. Omar Punjabi discusses what you need to know about diabetic retinopathy.
If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is caused by the leaking of blood or fluid in your eyes due to damaged blood vessels from diabetes. This condition occurs in the back layer of your eye where your vision is captured, known as your retina. If left uncontrolled, it can cause permanent vision loss!
In advanced stages, this disease can cause swelling in your macula, which is the area in your eye responsible for capturing your central and reading vision. When this occurs, it often makes it very difficult for you to see.
Diabetic retinopathy risk factors
Some risk factors for getting diabetic retinopathy include:
- Having diabetes for a long time
- Poor control of your blood sugar
- High cholesterol or high blood pressure
- Being Black, Hispanic or Native American individuals
If you are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, make sure you schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today.