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Diabetic Retinopathy


Diabetic retinopathy, also called DR, is a disease caused by diabetes that usually affects both eyes. Diabetes is a condition causing high blood sugar levels. The increased blood sugar levels affect the blood vessels of the retina. The retina is the part of the eye that captures light and sends information to the brain. With DR, the damaged retina causes vision problems that may cause you to lose your vision.


Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You feel your diabetes is getting worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your disease, medicine, or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your eye problems become worse, such as having blurred or double vision.
  • You are having more eye floaters (floating spots in your vision).
  • You suddenly have loss of vision.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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