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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy

Summary

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes damage to the blood vessels of the retina— the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back part of the eye, allowing you to see fine detail..

Causes

The primary cause of diabetic retinopathy is diabetes—a condition in which the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood are too high. Elevated sugar levels from diabetes can damage the small blood vessels that nourish the retina and may, in some cases, block them completely.

Symptoms

Blurred or double vision, Difficulty reading, The appearance of spots— commonly called “floaters”— in your vision, A shadow across the field of vision, Eye pain or pressure, Difficulty with color perception

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