The retina is a structure within the eye that captures light and makes the picture. It consists of very fine blood vessels and nerves. Sometimes there can be bleeding on the surface.
The overall principles of management of any diabetic disease whether it’s eye disease, kidney disease, heart disease is good long-term control. I wouldn't worry if you are diagnosed with mild diabetic retinopathy, it is not a death sentence for your eye.
Anyone who has diabetes for long enough will eventually develop some degree of changes on their retina. That may be mild diabetic retinopathy or mild diabetic maculopathy where there are just a few haemorrhages.
The most widely available form of treatment is a retinal laser. This can be used to treat proliferative diabetic retinopathy, in other words, get rid of the abnormal blood vessels. That form of laser is essentially destructive on purpose.
Causes diabetic retinopathy blindness? The answer is yes, untreated diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. There are different ways in which this can occur.
In the early stages there are no symptoms, sometimes even at the most advanced ages there are no symptoms. When symptoms do become apparent it is usually to some degree difficulty in reading.
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