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What are other types of diabetic retinopathy?

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There are several other types of diabetic retinopathy:

  • Background retinopathy damages the blood vessels in your eyes, but you can still see relatively well. It can get worse if you don't manage your diabetes well.
  • Maculopathy occurs when diabetes affects the macula. The macula is the area of your retina that provides the best vision necessary for reading, driving, and other similar activities. The swelling that occurs may be easily reversible, or more serious and difficult to treat..
  • Proliferative retinopathy happens when cells at the back of your eye don’t get enough oxygen and new blood vessels start to grow. They’re fragile, so they can bleed and lead to a clot. This can cause scars and pull your retina away from the back of your eye. If the retina gets detached, you could have vision loss that can't be fixed. Sometimes this condition can be treated. Surgery is an option, so is a laser procedure that burns away the blood vessels. It can prevent blindness in up to half the people with early retinopathy.

From: Can Diabetes Affect Your Eyes? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Disease"  and "Mental Health Problem Linked to Diabetes." 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes." 

Colucciello, M.  2005; 123:1273. Arch Ophthalmol,

Hernandez, C. , 2006; 29:2028. Diabetes Care

The Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Diabetes and Your Eyesight."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 26, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Disease"  and "Mental Health Problem Linked to Diabetes." 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes." 

Colucciello, M.  2005; 123:1273. Arch Ophthalmol,

Hernandez, C. , 2006; 29:2028. Diabetes Care

The Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Diabetes and Your Eyesight."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 26, 2017

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