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Diabetes Freedom

by Mathew Review (2020-02-07)

Diabetic retinopathy refers to a numberĀ Diabetes Freedom Review of changes seen on the retina of the eye. It is a common complication of diabetes, and the major cause of blindness worldwide. In 2010 10.2 percent of people diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes had some visual impairment, and 1.9 percent were legally blind. Prevention and treatment at one time consisted of controlling blood fats, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Even with efforts to control the three, 25 to 35 percent of diabetics still developed the disease. A total of over 13 percent have severe stages of the condition, proliferative retinopathy and macular edema. Fortunately, new methods of treatment are showing promise.In retinopathy, the back of the eye, the retina where the picture of objects seen is projected, is damaged. Blood vessels in the eye can become weak and the eye attempts to compensate by growing more vessels, all of which are weak and leak blood into the eye. Macular edema involves the center of the retina, where impulses projected onto the retina are sent to the brain by the optic nerve. The macula in the retina, becomes filled with fluid and solids can be forced out of the blood vessels, seriously interfering with vision.