What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?


Diabetes can wreak havoc on all your entire body, especially your eyes. If you are worried about how your eyes are handling your diabetes, you should go see an eye doctor so that they can check out your eyes and make sure that they are healthy. One big worry for diabetics and their eyes is diabetic retinopathy. This problem affects many diabetics, both type 1 and type 2. If you have diabetes, talk to your eye doctor about diabetic retinopathy and what you can do about it.


Your retina is a bit of tissue at the back of your eyes that is light sensitive. When you look at something, the light bounces off that object, into your eye, and onto the retina. Your retina acts as a movie screen of sorts. You look at the object and the image is funneled back to your retina, where it is then translated into electrical signals that get sent to the vision part of your brain. Your brain then takes those electrical impulses and translates them into an image of whatever you're seeing. So if you are looking at a blue widget, the image of the blue widget will be sent to your retina, where it will turn into electrical impulses describing the object, and your brain will decide that it is seeing a blue widget.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy happens because the blood vessels in your retina get blocked by high blood sugar. The blocked blood vessels can cause certain parts of your retina to not work as well. The blood vessels can end up not only blocked, but also inflamed. That inflammation can cause the blood vessels to actually burst. If they burst, that part of the retina isn't going to work nearly as well as it should. Diabetic retinopathy can cause blurry vision, and in the worst case, it can even cause blindness.


The best way to avoid diabetic retinopathy is to make sure that your blood sugar levels stay within a normal range. But, if you think it is too late for that, you should go see your eye doctor so that they can diagnose the issue. As a diabetic, you should be able to see your optometrist at least once a year. When you go see them, they will dilate your pupils so that they can look into them and see your retina. The doctor will be able to diagnose retinopathy that way if they think you have it.

If you are diabetic, it is important you get your eyes checked yearly. Getting them checked yearly can help prevent diabetic retinopathy.


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