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What are the most serious diabetic eye problems?
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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Retinal complication
Diabetes can be associated with many eye problems.
Retinal complications, especially proliferative retinopathy can cause severe loss of vision from decreased blood supply, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Macular edema is swelling in the retina affecting the central vision. Both conditions are treatable, but early diagnosis is key. Cataract, increased glaucoma risk, change in refraction also.

In brief: Retinal complication
Diabetes can be associated with many eye problems.
Retinal complications, especially proliferative retinopathy can cause severe loss of vision from decreased blood supply, hemorrhage, and retinal detachment. Macular edema is swelling in the retina affecting the central vision. Both conditions are treatable, but early diagnosis is key. Cataract, increased glaucoma risk, change in refraction also.
Dr. David Chandler
Dr. David Chandler
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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Diabetic
Blindness in advanced untreated cases.

In brief: Diabetic
Blindness in advanced untreated cases.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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