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2109 Forest Ave., Suite 50
Chico, CA 95928
530-342-9644
2109 Forest Ave., Suite 50
Chico, CA 95928
530-342-9644

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition associated with diabetes. High levels of blood sugar may damage tiny blood vessels in your eye, resulting in hemorrhaging and lack of oxygen to the retinal tissues. New vessels may form to replace the damaged vessels. The new vessels can burst, resulting in blurred vision or even blindness.

Symptoms

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include:
"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
Flashes
Blurred or darkened vision

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 some of the symptoms listed above, give us a call. If diagnosed properly, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with a laser procedure or a vitrectomy.