Skip to main content

Located in the same building as Wayback Burgers
8049 Preston Road Suite 200, Frisco, TX, 75034

Located in the same building as Wayback Burgers – 8049 Preston Road Suite 200, Frisco, TX, 75034

Request Exam
Map
Call Now
Menu
Family-Dancing-on-Beach-1280x480
Home » Eye Care Services » Your Eye Health » Eye Diseases » Diabetes and Eyesight » Causes of Diabetic Retinopathy

Causes of Diabetic Retinopathy

What are the causes of diabetic retinopathy and long-term diabetes? Changes in blood-sugar levels is the main culprit. People suffering from diabetes generally develop diabetic retinopathy after at least ten years of having the disease. Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, it is essential to have an eye exam once a year or more.

In the early stage of diabetic retinopathy, called background or non-proliferative retinopathy, high blood sugar in the retina damages blood vessels, which bleed or leak fluid. This leaking or bleeding causes swelling in the retina, which forms deposits.

In the later stage of diabetic retinopathy, called proliferative retinopathy, new blood vessels begin to grow on the retinal. These new blood vessels may break, causing bleeding into the vitreous, which is the clear gelatinous matter that fills the inside of the eye. This breakage can cause serious vision difficulties. This form of diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness, and is therefore the more serious form of the disease.

It is not hard to greatly reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy by following some simple steps and being aware of your overall health. The most important factor you can control is maintaining your blood sugar at a healthy level. Eating a healthy diet will help greatly in controlling blood sugar levels. A regular exercise regimen is also a great help. Finally, make sure to listen to your doctor’s instructions.

Important Notice

We are excited to be re-opening! Our temporary re-opening hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. We will be closed Sunday and Monday while things continue to improve. Check back for updates often. Take care and stay safe. We can’t wait to see you soon!!

Order Contact Lenses Online

x

Are your eyes dry? Do they often burn or feel gritty? Click to learn how we can help!