Problems & Conditions
Diabetic retinopathy is a secondary complication of diabetes and is caused by changes in the retina’s blood vessels. Small blood vessels swell, leak and hemorrhage into the retina, blurring vision and occasionally leading to blindness. When detected and treated in a timely fashion, significant vision loss can usually be avoided. Approximately 4.1 million Americans with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy. Anyone with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2, is at risk for developing this condition. Yearly eye examinations, at a minimum, are necessary for diabetics, as diabetic retinopathy has no warning signs. Any vision lost to diabetic retinopathy cannot be restored. In these cases, low vision devices can help compensate for the vision that was lost by improving vision.