Diabetic Retinopathy









Diabetes damages blood vessels in the rear of the eye.This condition is called diabetic retinopathy.  It can lead to vision loss or blindness.You already may have diabetic retinopathy, or be at risk for it.But you can take steps to reduce your risk of vision loss from this condition.



Diabetes and Vision Loss

A glance out the window helps you choose between a sweater and a raincoat.  Reading to your grandchild turns a normal day into something special.  Having diabetes may threaten your visual link with the world.  That's frightening.  But you can work with your healthcare team to manage your diabetes and keep diabetic retinopathy under control.


Diabetic Retinopathy and its Symptoms

At first, diabetic retinopathy may cause no vision loss or other symptoms.  But over time, it can still harm vision.  If you have symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, they may include:

  • Having blurry, darkened, or cloudy vision.
  • Seeing floaters (dark spots) or black lines.


Learning about Diabetic Retinopathy

Your healthcare team will help you learn more about diabetic retinopathy and how to control it.  When you meet with your doctors, ask questions.  Take notes, or have a family member or friend take notes.  Ask for written instructions from your healthcare team.  Your eye doctor will oversee your vision care and diagnose and treat eye disorders.  Together, you and your eye doctor will design a treatment plan to protect your vision.  Keeping your appointments and following your treatment plan will help save your sight.