Diabetes has the potential to cause devastating damage to the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults. High blood sugar levels can lead to leaky blood vessels in the retina, ischemia of the retina and vision loss. Good blood sugar control and regular eye exams are essential for anyone with diabetes. A variety of treatments are available for diabetic retinopathy and include both laser and surgery.
Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy
Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the most advanced stage of diabetic retinopathy, and is classified by the growth of new blood vessels on the retina. These blood vessels are abnormal and fragile, and are susceptible to leaking blood and fluid onto the retina, which can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.
If blood leaks on top of the retina, patients may begin to notice floaters in their vision, which are actually specks of blood floating above the retina. While floaters can sometimes clear up on their own, it is important to see your doctor as soon as you notice them as they can lead to severe vision loss.
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