Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive eye disease caused by excess sugar in the blood stream. This causes the blood vessels that supply your retina to become damaged. Over time, they can leak blood onto your retina, along with other deposits (e.g. protein). This leakage tends to result in retinal swelling, which can lead to vision problems and, ultimately, blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is important to visit an eye doctor every year to undergo a dilated eye exam. In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy often has no noticeable symptoms; detecting it through an eye exam is the best way to prevent permanent vision loss.
The longer you have had diabetes, the higher your risk will be of developing diabetic retinopathy – especially if you do not adequately control your blood sugar levels. Other risk factors for this eye disease include:
Diabetic retinopathy can cause major complications with your eyesight, including:
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, Dr. Khanna can help you protect your vision against diabetic retinopathy and other eye disorders. Please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (888) 339-8143 to schedule an appointment. We serve patients throughout Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and Los Angeles, California.