Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease in diabetic patients that have poorly controlled blood sugars. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by damage to the blood vessels in the tissue in the back of the eye. Sometimes these blood vessels leak fluid, or in other cases new abnormal blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina.
Symptoms: floaters, blurry vision, dark areas of vision
Treatments: There are many different treatment options and treatment combinations to help control the progression of diabetic retinopathy. Some of them include laser or injections of medication in the eye. In more severe cases surgery may be required. Currently there is not a cure for diabetic retinopathy, but controlling blood sugars and blood pressure does help in the progression of the diseases.