What causes diabetic retinopathy?
Blood Vessel Damage
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when blood vessels in the retina are damaged. Watch the video to learn more.

What does it look like to have diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy causes blank or dark spots to appear, scattered throughout your field of vision. Gray or black spots, called floaters, may begin to drift across your line of vision, especially while looking at a bright background like the sky, a computer screen, or the pages of a book.

Watch the video to get a feel for what it might look like to have diabetic retinopathy.

Can diabetic retinopathy be treated?

If you or a family member has diabetes, it is especially important to get your eyes checked at least once a year. Your eye doctor will check for unusual changes to the blood vessels of your eyes.

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