07th Oct, 2014

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that occurs when blood vessels in the retina are damaged by excess sugar in the bloodstream. The leading cause of blindness in people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy can also increase risks for vitreous and retinal detachment.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Eye pain or pressure
  • Chronic reddening of the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Floaters and flashers
  • Blind spots
  • Difficulties with near-vision

These symptoms, along with any other vision fluctuations, should be brought to the immediate attention of one of our San Diego eye doctors.

While some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are obvious, others may only be detected during your routine vision examinations. These include:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Glaucoma

These complications of diabetic retinopathy may eventually produce symptoms, but vision disruptions can often be prevented if treatment is provided before they progress.

The best way to reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy is by controlling your diabetes and leading a healthy lifestyle. We can discuss this with you in greater detail during your next appointment with one of our retina specialists.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, please contact California Retina Associates today. We serve San Diego and surrounding areas from our offices in Chula Vista and El Centro.

Posted on October 7, 2014 By , in

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