Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults.

What is the cause of diabetic retinopathy?
It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
If there is vitreous hemorrhage, symptoms include floating spots, dark spots or severe vision loss.

What are the treatments for diabetic retinopathy?
You may not need treatment for diabetic retinopathy when the changes are early. In more advanced cases, surgery, laser treatment, or medicines may help slow the vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy. You may need to be treated more than once as the disease gets worse. The goal of treatment is to reduce the rate of vision loss or to stabilize vision. In select patients, such as those with severe swelling of the retina or blood filling the inside of the eye, dramatic improvement in vision may be possible.