What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that damages the blood vessels in the retina, and usually affects both eyes. It can affect people with Type I and Type II diabetes. There are four stages to diabetic retinopathy:
Can you prevent diabetic retinopathy?
People with diabetes can help prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy by carefully managing their blood sugar level and blood pressure. If a person is in the final stage of diabetic retinopathy (Proliferative Retinopathy), laser treatments are available to help shrink the fragile blood vessels, which can ultimately preserve the rest of their sight.