Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that can occur in people who have diabetes. It is progressive damage to blood vessels in the retina. These blood vessels swell and leak, or close then stop the blood from passing through.  

One of diabetes’ known effects are damage to the eyes. So, it is very important to have regular eye checkups when you have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy doesn’t show symptoms at first, so finding it early on can help you make the necessary steps to help you protect and prevent vision loss. 


The early stages of this eye condition don’t manifest symptoms, but some people notice changes in their vision like having trouble reading and seeing objects from a distance. In the later stages of this eye condition, when the blood vessels in the retina starts to swell and bleed, the patient may see dark spots floating, or cobweb-looking streaks. The dark spots may clear up on their own, but it is important to get them checked out by a medical practitioner as soon as possible. 


Managing your diabetes is one of the best ways to reduce your of developing diabetic retinopathy. Keeping your blood sugar level at bay and in healthy range. You should also keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.  


If you notice any changes to your vision, it is best to get medical advice as quickly as possible. You could also maintain a healthy weight, balanced diet, staying active and quit smoking so you could reduce your risk in developing diabetic retinopathy. 


Everyone with diabetes that are 12 years old are recommended to undergo for a regular eye screening due to the risk of developing eye diseases caused by diabetes. These screening is very helpful because it can detect problems in the eye before they even start to affect the vision. Eye conditions brought about by diabetes can cause permanent blindness if not properly diagnosed and not treated right. 


The screening test involves examining the back of the eyes and taking its photograph. Your next appointment will depend on the result, if you need to attend to more regular appointments and discuss a more detailed treatment plan with a specialist or just continue with the yearly appointment. 


Treatment is only necessary if the screening detects an abnormality in your eyes and your vision is at risk. Although if it is not yet at this stage, managing your diabetes is highly recommended. 


At Doral Health and Wellness, our team of doctors can help you manage your diabetes. We also have our team of ophthalmologists that can help you take care of your eyes and your vision. To book an appointment, please visit ophthalmologybrooklyn.com or call 345-868-1060.