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Diabetic retinopathy


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Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a sugar-related retinal disease of the eye and occurs in advanced diabetes.

Cause / course

It leads to a progressive loss of visual acuity, to retinal damage and bleeding into the retina, caused by vascular damage and vascular occlusion. Changes are often not noticed by the patient for a long time: only at an advanced stage do they become noticeable, when retinal detachment, fluid accumulation in the center of the retina (macular edema) or bleeding into the vitreous body occurs. The person concerned notices this through blurred and distorted vision and blind spots. If left untreated, this can lead to long-term blindness. If blood sugar levels are constantly elevated, fatty and protein substances accumulate in the sensitive vessel walls in the eye, which can then become brittle and burst. This secondary disease of diabetes mellitus is initially not associated with any impairment for the patient.

Early detection and therapy

An early diagnosis and a timely start of treatment are very important to preserve the eyesight. Therefore, the diabetic must be regularly examined by the ophthalmologist and treated if necessary. With good diabetes and high blood pressure control and ophthalmological therapy, blindness can largely be avoided.

For more information see

Ophthalmologists provide information about diabetic retinopathy (PDF)
Initiative group for early detection of diabetic eye diseases

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