Diabetic Retinopathy Testing
Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition that can develop as a complication of diabetes. It occurs when high blood sugar levels in a person with diabetes damage the delicate blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive portion of the eye.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults, affecting almost half of all people with diabetes. The condition can cause vision problems such as blurred or distorted vision, and in some cases, it can lead to blindness.
Regular eye exams are important for people with diabetes, as early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy can help prevent vision loss. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of the disease, from lifestyle modifications such as controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, to surgery or medical treatments such as laser therapy or intravitreal injections. Finally, managing diabetes with a healthy lifestyle and following the recommended medical treatment plan can significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.