Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye are damaged as a result of diabetes. This can seriously affect vision and in some cases cause blindness.
These images give an impression of what someone with diabetic retinopathy may see
Who is at Risk?
People who have diabetes are at risk especially if they have:
High blood-sugar levels or poorly managed diabetes High blood pressure, particularly if they also have kidney disease A long history of diabetes Can it be treated?
Laser and other surgical procedures can slow the progression of the disease and decreases the risk of vision loss.
In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. American Diabetes Association
▪ Vision disorder.
▪ Blurred vision.
▪ Distorted vision.
▪ Impaired color vision.
▪ Seeing Spots.
▪ Shadow or veil across your field of vision.
Sources (*Vision Australia, American Diabetes Association)
Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor.
Low Vision Aids forDiabetic retinopathy
▪ Stand Magnifier
▪ TV Glasses
▪ Video Magnifier System
▪ Filters Eyewear
A stand magnifier is basically a plus lens mounted on base that fix the distance from the lens to the object. Some stand magnifiers are available with or without illumination. Stand magnifiers are ideal for extended, near tasks such as reading a book, newspaper or magazine, writing small notes, signing checks, and doing crossword puzzles.
Information provided on Low Vision Miami is intended for divulgative use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns about your visual health, please contact your doctor.