If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, which can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually. The longer you have diabetes, and the less controlled your blood sugar, the higher the risk of complications.
If left untreated, diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina, potentially leading to blindness. This is called diabetic retinopathy. Careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, see your eye doctor for a yearly dilated eye exam, even if your vision seems fine, because it’s important to detect diabetic retinopathy in the early stages.
In its early stages, there may be little or no visual symptoms. If the condition is not caught early, it may produce symptoms that affect vision. These include mild blurriness in near, or distance vision, floaters and even the sudden loss of vision. Eye surgeons cannot reverse the damage caused by Diabetic Retinopathy, but if caught in time, modern treatment options may help slow its progression, and prevent further vision loss.