Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss in people with diabetes and is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in working-age adults. Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of the eyes that affects people with diabetes. It is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue of the retina. These damaged blood vessels can leak extra fluid and or blood into the retina. At first, you may not notice any symptoms or only minor vision problems. This condition can develop in anyone who was type 1 or 2 diabetes. The longer the exposure to diabetes and the worse the blood sugar control, the more likely you are to develop Diabetic Retinopathy. There is no cure, however, laser treatment and intraocular injections can be very effective at preventing further vision loss.