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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition directly associated with diabetes. Diabetics have high blood sugar which causes the blood vessels in the retina to swell and leak blood, and damage the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. If not treated, this disease can cause blindness.

Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms

• Floaters” – small specks that pass across your field of vision, made up of cells floating in the transparent gel of your eyeball

• Difficulty reading or seeing things close-up

• Sudden loss of vision

• Light Flashes

Risk Factors and Treatment

If you have diabetes, make sure you control your blood sugar level.
This will reduce your risk of getting diabetic retinopathy. If you are experiencing symptoms similar to listed above, you should call us immediately at (803) 794-4444. If diagnosed properly and in the earlier stages, diabetic retinopathy can be treated effectively.

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