Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye condition related to people with diabetes. High blood sugar levels, associated with diabetes, can damage the blood vessels in the retina causing vision loss. Without proper management diabetic retinopathy can result in a loss of visual acuity and, in severe cases, blindness as damage to the retina progresses.
Patients with diabetes should get annual eye exams to monitor the health of their eyes. Frequent eye exams allows the Eye Care Professionl to observe the progression of the eye increasing the chances of managing and/or delaying vision loss.