Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the retina caused by complications of diabetes, which could eventually lead to blindness. It is an ocular manifestation of systemic disease which affects up to 80% of all diabetics who have had diabetes for 15 years or more. Despite these intimidating statistics, research indicates that at least 90% of these new cases could be reduced if there was proper and vigilant treatment and monitoring of the eyes.
I got a clean bill today after my dilated eye exam. My doctor told me that if she didn’t know I was diabetic, she wouldn’t have guessed. The blood vessels in my retina look very healthy, and I got to see the photo they took. The flash wasn’t nice at first, but once I took a look at the result, I couldn’t be more pleased. She only changed my prescription (which is very low) to help my eyes a little.
Check your eyes at least once a year. It doesn’t take long, and it will allow you to keep enjoying the world.