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Which are the stages that are induced in diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Many: Poorly controlled diabetics (and a few even with good control) can develop weakness of the blood vessels in the retina cause edema (fluid lead), vessel dilation, vessel leakage, hemorrhage into the center of the eye and in advanced stages scar tissue, vision loss and retinal detachment. Each case is individual and the earlier you see an ophthalmologist, the more likely to preserve vision.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
See a retina special: Diabetes damages blood vessels in the retina causing bleeding and swelling (diabetic macular edema - dme): nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. This is the most common kind and the kind that causes the most vision loss (from dme). When new abnormal blood vessels grow along the retina (proliferative), this can cause bleeding (vitreous hemorrhage), traction (retinal detachment), and/or glaucoma.

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At what stage in diabetes does diabetic retinopathy occur?

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Dr. Abdul Khan
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Diabetic retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy can occur at any stage in a diabetic patient. That is why an annual dilated eye examination by an ophthalmologist or retina specialist is highly recommended for diabetics, even if they are not having any symptoms.

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