Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy

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Blurred person, representing blurred vision

Loss of visual acuity (blurred vision):

  • Slow (chronic). Patients with diabetic macular oedema progressively lose their clear vision and may eventually lose their central vision (they develop a blind spot, known as a scotoma).
  • Fast (acute). In cases of proliferative diabetic retinopathy, internal bleeding (vitreous haemorrhage) is a possibility which could result in rapid and total vision loss.
Floating bodies in the eye, flies

Myodesopsia (appearance of floating spots). Floaters develop in patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and mild internal bleeding (vitreous haemorrhage).

Eye with a lightning bolt above it, symbolising pain

Eye pain. Eye pain can occur in severe cases of proliferative retinopathy where there is a significant increase in the intraocular pressure due to large haemorrhages (neovascular glaucoma).

Substantiated information by:

Anna Sala Puigdollers
Marc Figueras Roca
Victoria Hernández Grima

Published: 3 July 2018
Updated: 3 July 2018

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