Diabetic retinopathy is not as common as some may believe, this rare eye condition affects fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Diabetic retinopathy causes progressive damage to the blood vessels in the retina and symptoms tend to come on very slowly. Damage, fragile blood vessels result in fluid leaking into the retinal tissue causing swelling and fluid build up. This condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A person can go from no symptoms to seeing spots or floaters in eye, blurred vision, impaired color vision, dark or empty areas in your vision or even vision loss. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this eye complication.
It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. (Mayo Clinic and National Eye Institute)
There are numerous resources out there with information on Diabetic Retinopathy but Sage Vision encourages and recommends to anyone who believes they may have an eye condition to seek appropriate medical care and a routine low vision exam.
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