Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that are a commonly caused by diabetes. Common diabetic eye diseases included:
Of those, Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common, and the only one that affects only people who have diabetes. Nearly 50% of all people with diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy at some point in their lifetime.
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic Retinopathy damages blood vessels in the retina, and is one of the leading causes of blindness in America. In some diabetic retinopathy cases, retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid, (this is called macular edema). In other cases, abnormal new vessels grow on the surface of the retina. These changes can lead to vision loss or blindness.

Symptoms and Treatment
Often times, there are no symptoms or pain in the early stages of the disease, and vision may not change until it becomes severe. That is why it is incredibly important for people with diabetes to schedule regular eye examinations.
Though diabetic retinopathy cannot be totally prevented, it can be treated. Your Epic Vision eye care professional may suggest surgery in which a laser is used to shrink the abnormal blood vessels in the retina. In macular edema cases, the laser is used to seal leaking vessels. Unfortunately, laser treatment cannot restore vision that has already been lost.

If you have diabetes, schedule an eye examination and have your eyes dilated by an Epic Vision eye care professional at least once a year.
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