Since diabetics experience high levels of blood sugar affecting the blood vessels, it can affect the retina which is supplied by a vast structure of blood vessels.
Nicks or breaks in those vessels can cause haemorrhaging and swelling in the back of the eye causing what is described as diabetic retinopathy. Though some stages of diabetic retinopathy present no symptoms, indications of diabetic retinopathy include:
- Spots and floaters in line of sight or peripherally
- Distorted or blurry vision
- Double vision
Since diabetics may have retinopathy without symptoms it’s important if you have the disease to receive regular eye care and exams. If the condition isn’t detected in time permanent and irreversible damage to the retina can occur. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed contact our office or your doctor today.