Do people with diabetic retinopathy have a lot of pain?

Usually not. Diabetic retinopathy is not a painful condition, although it can be potentially blinding. People with severe retinopathy can develop new blood vessel growth over their iris, which can clog the drainage system of the eye. This can lead to elevated pressure in the eye, which can cause severe pain.
Not typically. Diabetic retinopathy results in damage to blood vessels in the retina. This can lead to bleeding, swelling in the retina, and even retinal detachment. None of these are painful. However, in very advanced cases, blood vessels can grow in the front of the eye and cause a painful glaucoma. The eye usually becomes red and the vision blurry.

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Do a lot of people get diabetic retinopathy?

About one-third. The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy. Read more...
See below. Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar) causes the retinal vessels to leak. This leads to swelling and bleeding and scarring in the retina, and is a major cause of blindness globally. This requires the help of a retina specialist for treatment. Read more...

Do lots of people get diabetic retinopathy, or is it unusual?

Very common. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20–74 years. In 2005–2008, 4.2 million (28.5%) people with diabetes aged 40 years or older had diabetic retinopathy, and of these, 655, 000 (4.4% of those with diabetes) had advanced diabetic retinopathy that could lead to severe vision loss. Read more...
Not unusual. Retinopathy is one of the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes and is one of the most common causes of blindness in the US. Read more...

What happens if, after you have had diabetic retinopathy and lose a lot of your vision, your sight returns?

Not good. Adults with diabetic retinopathy most often lose vision from swelling in the retina. With good control of blood sugars this can sometimes resolve. If you start to develop poor blood sugar control, elevated blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol the swelling can return causing fluctuating vision. Diabetics can also develop bleeding in their eyes causing vision changes. Go to your eye doctor. Read more...
Depends. If you develop swelling in the retina again and it was reversible then it is possible to regain some of your vision with repeat treatment, however if you develop a detachment from diabetic retinopathy, it may not be reversible. Read more...

Do doctors see a lot of patients with diabetic retinopathy?

About 1/3. The incidence of diabetic retinopathy is about 1/3 of diabetics according to government statistics. The condition is related to how well the diabetes is controlled and if you have controlled any tendency toward high blood pressure. Take care of both of these conditions and you are less likely to get the retinopathy. Read more...
Yes. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in working aged adults. It may become increasingly common as more americans become ill with diabetes. It is recommended that diabetics get annual screenings for retinopathy by an ophthalmologist. Read more...