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Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 28 percent of diabetics have or will develop diabetic retinopathy, but many fail to have yearly eye examinations due to a lack of clear symptoms. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of diabetes-related vision loss in people ages 24-70 in the United States, but noticeable symptoms may not manifest until irreversible vision complications have already occurred.

It is important to know the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, but equally important that you visit California Retina Associates every year for early detection of this condition. Even when asymptomatic, diabetic retinopathy treatment can be used to help guard against vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include:

  • Double vision
  • Eye pain, pressure, or redness
  • Vision fluctuations
  • Flashers, floaters, and spots
  • Blind spots in the central field of vision
  • Blurry vision
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Nearsightedness not related to presbyopia
  • Cataracts

In addition, diabetic retinopathy may lead to complications such as:

  • Vitreous hemorrhage - When new, abnormal blood vessels grow, they may bleed into the vitreous. Symptoms of this condition may include dark spots and floaters
  • Retinal detachment - When abnormal blood vessels stimulate the growth of scar tissue the retina may be pulled away from the back of the eye. Symptoms of this condition may include spots, floaters, flashers, and complete vision loss
  • Glaucoma – New blood vessels growing in the front part of your eye may interfere with the normal flow of fluid, building pressure and damaging the optic nerve. Symptoms of glaucoma may include eye pain, colored rings around lights, and a sudden onset of vision disturbances

The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and those of its complications are often very similar. The best way to prevent these symptoms from occurring is through the early detection and prompt treatment of diabetic retinopathy.

For more information about the detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, please call 619-425-7755 or 760-352-7755, or contact California Retina Associates online to schedule an appointment at our San Diego or El Centro, California location.

California Retina Associates


Chula Vista Office
835 Third Avenue, Suite A
Chula Vista, CA 91911
619-425-7755

El Centro Office
1452 South La Brucherie, Suite A
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-7755