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Diabetic Retinopathy: A preventable disease capable of causing blindness

Diabetic Retinopathy: A preventable disease capable of causing blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease caused by diabetes that can lead to vision loss. You’re not alone-two out of five people with diabetes suffer from it. The disease occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina, causing blurry vision.
In its early stages, this disease shows no symptoms. It causes the retina to swell due to leaks in the eye’s blood vessels. These fluids accumulate in the macula, located in the center of the retina, and prevent it from functioning correctly, resulting in blurry vision. Additionally, the blood vessels in the retina can become blocked, leading to macular ischemia, meaning the retina doesn’t get enough blood, affecting vision.
In the more advanced stage of proliferative diabetic retinopathy, the retina develops new, fragile blood vessels that bleed into the vitreous. This gel-like fluid fills the eye. If these vessels bleed a lot, they can block vision. The new vessels can form fibrous tissue, which often causes retinal detachment and vision damage.
If you have diabetes, you might feel alarmed by what we’ve shared. The good news is that this disease can be detected in its early stage, before symptoms are evident, through a routine eye exam with pupil dilation. People with diabetes should control their blood sugar levels and get regular eye exams to prevent this condition. Once the disease is detected, your ophthalmologist will know how to manage it and avoid vision loss. It’s always easier to treat in its initial stages.
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