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Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among adults.  Approximately, 25% of current diabetics have some form of the disease. The risk of developing diabetic retinopathy increases with the age of the diabetic person and the duration of the disease. It is estimated that 90% of diabetics may experience some form of diabetic retinopathy over the course of their life. However, only a small percentage of those developing diabetic retinopathy have serious vision problems and even a smaller percentage become blind.

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  • What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes mellitus which causes abnormalities in the tiny blood vessels nourishing the retina. These vessels weaken, leak fluid and blood, and fail to provide
  • What Is The Retina?

    The retina is a thin layer of delicate nerve tissue which lines the back portion of the eye. Light enters the eye and is focused by the lens through the transparent gel-like fluid (vitreous) onto the
  • What Is Background Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Diabetic retinopathy can take two forms, background retinopathy and proliferative retinopathy. During the early stage of the disease (background retinopathy), small blood vessels in the retina leak a
  • What Is Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Proliferative diabetic retinopathy is the more advanced stage of the disease. New abnormal blood vessels grow over the retina and may grow into the clear vitreous. These new vessels bleed into the vitreous,
  • What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?

    The cause of diabetic retinopathy is not completely understood. However, it is known that diabetes weakens small blood vessels in various areas of the body, including the retina. Unfortunately, the development
  • What Are The Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Though vision may gradually become blurred, significant loss of sight does not usually occur with background retinopathy. Since the patient does not experience pain or external symptoms such as blood-shot
  • How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosed?

    A comprehensive eye examination is the best protection against the progression of diabetic retinopathy. The disease can be detected by viewing the retina with instruments which illuminate and magnify
  • How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

    Treatment of diabetic retinopathy depends on the location of the disease and the degree of damage to the retina. If retinopathy occurs in the peripheral retina, careful monitoring of the disease may be
  • Prevention Is The Best Medicine?

    Early detection and management of diabetic retinopathy is important to arrest or slow the development of the more sight damaging stages of the disease. Even when no symptoms are noticed, the diabetic
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