Diabetes, a growing concern for America’s aging population, has some unfortunate side effects. One of these common complications is Diabetic Retinopathy. Increased blood sugar can damage the body in a number of ways, including the blood vessels of the eye. They thicken and may develop leaks, and poor circulation may result in fragile new vessels.
People who suffer from diabetes may not be directly affected immediately, but cause for concern will increase with time. This is why is it crucial for people with diabetes to have annual eye exams. When fluid collects in the retina, it may result in blurred vision (referred to as macular edema, which can sometimes be treated with surgery). Abnormal blood vessels may develop across the retina, which can even rupture and bleed into parts of the eye, which can go so far as causing blindness. The fragile new blood vessels create scar tissue and may cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye.
Diabetic Retinopathy can be treated! Various surgeries and careful recovery can delay the onset of other complications and prevent further eye damage.
The best course of action is to stay educated and informed, treating complications from diabetes early. Always having a yearly comprehensive eye exam, and keeping good control of blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as keeping a watch on cholesterol, are also ways people can