Diabetic Retinopathy


Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that results from damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, or retina. Diabetic retinopathy can happen to anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to develop diabetic retinopathy. At first, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, however, diabetic retinopathy can result in blindness.

Because symptoms are unusual in the early stages, you may have diabetic retinopathy and not even know it. As the condition progresses, warning signs of diabetic retinopathy include:

  • Spots floating in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark streaks or a red film that blocks your vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Vision loss

To protect your vision, take prevention seriously. Start by controlling your blood sugar level and scheduling yearly eye exams. Click here to schedule an eye exam at one of our 25 Crown Vision Center Locations, or call 1-800 EYECARE.

Risk Factors


Diabetic retinopathy can happen to anyone who has diabetes, those at highest risk include those who:

  • Have poor control of their blood sugar level
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Are pregnant
  • Are African American or Hispanic
  • Smoke

The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk for developing diabetic retinopathy – but there’s much you can do to promote healthy vision. Early detection is the best way to prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, see your eye care provider for a yearly exam, even if your vision seems fine. Click here to schedule an eye exam at one of our 25 Crown Vision Center Locations, or call 1-800 EYECARE. Taking an active role in diabetes management can go along way toward preventing complications.

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