I have chosen to write about this today due to it runs in my family. Some of you out there my have it or the same it runs in your family. So this will help you understand Diabetic Retinopathy.
Diabetes can harm blood vessels in the retina, the part of the eye that sends images to your brain. This is called diabetic retinopathy, and it can lead to poor vision and even blindness. You can help prevent of slow diabetic retinopathy by keeping your blood sugar and blood pressure levels in a normal range.
The cause of diabetic retinopathy……High blood sugar harms tiny blood vessels in the retina. The vessels become weak, which allows protein and other substances to come out of them. Small bulges form in the vessels, and these bulges can break open. New, fragile blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These abnormal blood vessels may bleed into the eye, clouding vision and forming scars. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will later get diabetic retinopathy.
Some symptoms over time, can cause swelling in the retina, called macular edema. It can also cause detached retina. Can also lead to vision loss and blindness. You may not even notice until your eyes are very damaged.
Prevention, going to get your eyes checked every year or every 2 years, according to your eye doctor.
Telling your doctor about any eye changes.
Following a healthy eating plan (GoLo)
Get at least 30 minutes a day of excise.
Take your medicine as prescribed.
Check your blood sugars as your doctor says.
Always follow up with your doctor.
There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but treatment may prevent vision loss.
Because you may have no symptoms until you have serious eye damage, it is important to catch it early. The earlier retinopathy is detected, the easier it is to treat and the more likely it is that treatment will help you maintain your vision.
You can talk to your doctor about Laser treatment, surgery and freezing.
Lets all get our eyes checked.