retinopathy is a major cause of blindness in working age people in the Western
occurs when some of the smallest blood vessels in the retina (the seeing part
of the eye) become blocked or start to leak or bleed. This is painless and doesn't
initially affect vision but if left untreated can damage vision. Retinopathy develops
over time and generally there are no obvious symptoms until it is well advanced.
can be treated with laser surgery and vision loss can be prevented if the damage
is caught early enough. The surgery is generally pain free. However, laser surgery
cannot restore any vision that has already been lost.
best way to protect yourself against retinopathy is to keep your blood glucose
levels as near as normal as possible. Also, you should have a check for retinopathy
at least once a year as a part of the regular annual diabetes review. Early detection
is the key to successful treatment.
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