Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that weakens the blood vessels that supply nourishment to the retina (the light-sensitive lining in the back of the eye where vision is focused). These weak vessels can leak, causing the retina to swell and the vision to blur. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms or visual problems despite ongoing damage. In its advanced stages, the retinal blood vessels are unable to supply nutrients to the retina. This leads to a cascade of events which can ultimately lead to a loss of vision.
Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy is preventable. Maintaining tight control over blood sugar levels is the most important measure one can take to avoid complications of diabetes in the eyes. Treatment modalities include laser and surgical procedures. Regular eye exams are an integral part of making sure your eyes are healthy.
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