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Diabetic Retinopathy


Updated August 25, 2006

Definition: Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When blood glucose levels remain too high for a long period of time, changes can occur in the tiny blood vessels that supply the retina of the eye. A person may notice strange blotches, blurriness, or dark spots in their vision. If this happens, a visit to an eye doctor or specialist is extremely important. If retinopathy is not treated it can lead to blindness.
Retinopathy is a serious complication of diabetes

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