Diabetic retinopathy, most common form of diabetic eye disease

A common complication of diabetes was damaging the back of the eye (retina) which known as diabetic retinopathy.


Eminent Surgeon, Eye Specialist and Assistant Professor of Eye Department of ISRA University Hospital, Dr. Syed Jamil Ahmed said that diabetic retinopathy becomes particularly dangerous when left untreated, often causing some loss of vision and even blindness, in several cases.

He said that keeping blood glucose levels and blood pressure well controlled helps to lower the risk or slow the progression of diabetic retinopathy.

About the causes of Diabetic retinopathy he informed that prolonged high blood glucose levels can weaken and damage the small blood vessels within retina, the part of the eye that sends messages about what we see to the brain.

He further said that symptoms may only become noticeable once the disease advances, but the typical symptoms of retinopathy to look out for include sudden changes in vision, Double vision and eye pain.

Eyes are undoubtedly the most sensitive and delicate organs, he said adding that bathing the eyes with a cloth soaked in cold water soothes the eyes.