Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common causes of blindness in Britain. The disease damages the capillaries (tiny blood vessels) that supply blood to the retina. Damage to these tiny blood vessels results in blood leaking onto the retina (known as a haemorrhage). The extent and severity of this blood leakage governs how seriously your vision is affected. In some cases the bleeding extends into the main cavity of the eye known as the vitreous gel, seriously affecting your sight in that eye.
Diabetic retinopathy also causes new, fragile blood vessels to grow on the surface of the retina which tend to bleed very easily. If left untreated diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.
It is vitally important that you have regular routine eye examinations. Your optician will look for new blood vessels forming. Detected early, treatment can be very effective, usually involving laser treatment.
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