What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye problem that seriously affects the eyes and even causing damage to the retina. It is considered to be the cause of the most blindness in U.S. adults.
Who is at Risk for Diabetic Retinopathy?
Any person who has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may likely develop diabetic retinopathy. The risk of getting such disease is greater to persons who have diabetes for a longer time.
People who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol are also at risk. Pregnant women also face the same risk for diabetic retinopathy.
What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy occurs because of too much sugar in your blood, which damages the retina’s blood vessels. This may result to vision loss or cause the retina to detach.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy?
The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may include blurred vision, night vision problems, seeing spots, and color perception difficulties.
How is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?
Diabetic retinopathy may be treated by controlling your blood sugar level and taking your prescribed medication. The development of such disease may also be slowed by exercising regularly, sticking to your diet, and avoiding alcohol and smoking.
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