Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes, which is caused by high blood sugar levels, damaging the back of the eye (Retina). It does take a few years for the condition to reach a stage where your vision is affected.
Diabetic Retinopathy occurs in three stages:
Blood Vessels in retina that may leak small amounts of blood. Your sight is unaffected, but you are at a higher risk of future vision problems.
Blood is frequently leaking in the retina with a higher risk of sight loss.
Severe leaking of the blood in the retina and scare tissue – with the risk of retinal detachment and vision loss.
Some suggest this condition is one of the leading causes of blindness in 20-65’s. Other studies another suggest 1 million people living with type 2 diabetes have not been diagnosed, and that an estimated 4.6 million people are living with the disease. Those that don’t know they have the condition are at a higher risk of developing Glaucoma or Cataracts.
It’s very important you get your eyes checked regularly because this can prevent further complications and slow down the condition. As well as this maintaining a good diet, adapting your lifestyle and habits is key to preventing the condition from worsening.
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