Share 22/11/2019 Diabetic Retinopathy & its Symptoms Introduction We are all aware of the fairly common medical condition that is diabetes, aren’t we? Caused by an increase in blood sugar levels, Diabetes prevents the body from efficiently using and storing sugar causing an unhealthy surplus of sugar in the blood stream which could damage blood vessels and cause havoc in various parts of the body.. Especially the eyes and our visual system! This perfectly bleeds into the condition of Diabetic Retinopathy, which causes progressive damage to the retina, a light-sensitive tissue which is located at the back of our eyes. If left untreated, Diabetic Retinopathy can eventually cause blindness. Although proper monitoring and treatment can halt the progression of the disease, it is still one of the most common causes of blindness in India. Symptoms Of Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic Retinopathy attacks our visual system by progressively damaging the blood vessels in the retina, at the back of our eyes. Consequently, the blood and essential fluids in the vessels begin to leak out, which in turn causes a swelling in the retina tissue, hampering your ability to focus causing vision loss, which if left untreated can cause blindness. Retinopathy affects both the eyes and usually doesn’t show any signs in its early stages. Hence, doing regular eye exams for anyone with diabetes is extremely essential. The longer someone has diabetes, the greater the odds of that individual having a certain degree of diabetic retinopathy. Some basic symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy include – 1) Hazy or blurred vision 2) Random dark spots in the field of your vision 3) Loss of vision 4) Colour vision impairment 5) Fluctuating vision If you suspect symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy do not panic and make an immediate appointment with your eye specialist. Dr. Nita Shah, expert ophthalmologist at Aayush Eye Clinic A unit of Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital Mumbai, always believes in providing the best solution and treatment to all your eye related problems. At Aayush eye clinic A unit of Dr. Agarwals Eye Hospital we have specialists & experts that cater to all your eye related problems from spectacles to LASIK, from cataract, glaucoma, diabetic diseases, etc to retina & corneal services, pediatric ophthalmology & many more.