Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

At first, you may not experience any symptoms – the type of damage that is most commonly associated with diabetes happens gradually, and may not necessarily be noticed. If you have diabetes you should have your eyes examined regularly to help identify any eye health issues early.

You may experience symptoms that vary depending on the eye issue you have, including:

  • Eye floaters
  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spot in center of vision
  • Difficulty seeing at night

Progression of Diabetic Retinopathy

Non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) – beginning stage where blood vessels in the retina can swell and leak which may cause swelling in the retina and macula (the area near the center of the retina).

Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PRD) – advanced stage where fragile, new blood vessels grow and leak into vitreous (or gel-like area). The leaking can cause floaters or even vision loss. If scar tissue forms due to the new blood vessels, it may lead to retinal detachment.

Find out more in next week’s post

 Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953