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Sometimes, it is difficult to tell if you have the disease. Blurred vision can occur when the macula (part of the retina) swells from leaking fluids. You may also see specks of blood or spots almost "floating" in your vision. This should be checked immediately to avoid further damage.
If you are in the first three stages of diabetic retinopathy, no treatment is needed, unless you have macular issues. If bleeding is severe, you may need a surgical procedure called a vitrectomy, which can remove the blood from the center of your eye.
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Diabetic retinopathy is a diabetic eye disease that can cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. It is the most common diabetic eye disease, and is the main reason for blindness in adults.
Anyone with diabetes, be it type 1 or type 2, is at risk. Anyone with diabetes should have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. We are here to help you with diagnosis and treatment for diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy refers to damage that can occur to the retina in patients living with diabetes.
Signs and symptoms:
There are no symptoms during the initial stage which is called non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR). Patients have 20/20 vision and are unable to see it with the naked eye. Fundus photography is the only way to detect NPDR. Through this photography microaneurysms can be seen. Microaneurysms are blood-filled buldges in the artery walls.
In the second and third stages, abnormal new blood vessels form at the back of the eye as a part of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). These can burst and bleed (vitreous hemorrhage) and blur vision, because these new vessels are weka. in most case, it will leave just a few specks of blood, or spots, floating in a person's visual field, though the spots often go away after a few hours.