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Diabetic retinopathy is the primary cause of vision loss in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
This progressive eye disease causes the blood vessels that supply your retina to become damaged,
leaking blood and other deposits. In turn, this leaked fluid can cause retinal swelling, leading to vision problems and even blindness if left untreated.
In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy often has no noticeable symptoms. If you have diabetes, you should have an eye examination every year to undergo a dilated eye evalutation. Call us today at (940) 937-2015 to schedule a diabetic eye examination.
Risk Factors for Diabetic Retinopathy
Your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy goes up the longer you have had diabetes (type 1 or type 2), and the less you control your blood sugar levels.
You may also be at an increased risk of diabetic retinopathy if you:
Careful management of diabetes is important in order to minimize your risk of diabetic retinopathy.
Problems Caused by Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy can cause several serious vision complications, including:
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