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Diabetic Retinopathy

About Diabetic Retinopathy

This is a simulation of how Diabetic Retinopathy may affect your vision.

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People with diabetes are at risk of developing a condition called diabetic retinopathy which affects the blood vessels supplying the retina, the part of the eye which is sensitive to light and very important to vision. The blood vessels become weak and damaged and the resulting lack of blood supply to the retina can cause serious damage if not treated. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults under the age of 65. It can be successfully treated by laser – if caught early enough. Laser treatment can’t restore sight already lost but could stop the condition progressing further. A very good reason to have regular sight tests

More information is availale from Diabetes UK

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