Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults 20 to 64 years of
age. Blindness in diabetic patients is caused by an eye condition called
diabetic retinopathy. It is a condition in the back of the eye that causes
blood vessels to swell, leak or close off completely. With diabetic retinopathy,
abnormal new blood vessels can also grow on the surface of the retina.
Because diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness, early detection of the
condition is vital.
and regular eye exams for diabetics are essential for early detection
of the leaky retinal blood vessels. Laser treatment can sometimes be used
to treat the abnormal blood vessels; other times, surgery may be required
to clear the eye of blood left by the disease.
Diabetics can live with diabetic retinopathy for a long time before noticing
any changes in vision or symptoms. Typically, noticeable symptoms do not
appear until significant damage to the eye has occurred.Diabetic retinopathy symptoms
o Blurred or distorted vision.
o Difficulty reading.
o Seeing double.
o Floaters or spots in field of vision.
o Appearance of a shadow or veil across field of vision.
o Partial or total vision loss.
o Pain or pressure in the eye.
o Constant redness of the eye.
Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease and is one of the most frequent
causes of retinal blindness in the world. Nearly 25 percent of all diabetics
have some form of diabetic retinopathy and five percent have a severe
case of the condition. The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is typically
associated with how long one has been living with diabetes.
Because symptoms do not typically present until the condition is severe,
if you are a diabetic, it is crucial that you maintain regular eye exams.
Your doctor may be able to detect abnormal or leaky blood vessels caused
by early stages of diabetic retinopathy. Early detection and treatment
may save your vision. If you have diabetes,schedule a comprehensive eye exam
with Key-Whitman today.
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