What is diabetic eye disease?

visionDiabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. The doctors at Apple Hill Eye Center have special training in diabetic retinopathy. It is important that people with diabetes establish a relationship with a physician who can monitor and manage the eye disease risks associated with diabetes.

Diabetic eye disease may include:

  • Diabetic retinopathy – damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
  • Cataract – clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
  • Glaucoma – increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

diabetic_01Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.

If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.

Contact the team at Apple Hill Eye Center to discuss your individual situation and the best treatment for you.

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