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Other Retinal Diseases

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of uncontrolled diabetes. It happens when blood vessels leak. You may have blurred vision and trouble reading, among other symptoms.

Laser treatment can "zap" leakage in early stages of the disease, sometimes preventing more serious complications. But the best way to protect vision is to monitor and maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Retinal vessel occlusion is a common complication of diabetes or glaucoma. It happens when a vein in the retina becomes blocked. It's also more likely if you have high blood pressure or narrowing of the arteries.

Depending upon the type of blockage you have, you may have subtle, painless, moderate vision loss that comes and goes. Or you may have sudden, severe vision loss and pain that requires immediate medical care.

Management includes close observation and treatment of any complications.