Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

There are few early symptoms of retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy symptoms usually develop gradually due to high blood sugar levels which damage blood vessels within the retina.

What is retinopathy?

Retinopathy refers to damage to the retina. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by high blood sugar levels. Retinopathy can also occur due to high blood pressure.

Managing your blood sugar levels is essential as high blood sugar levels which damage the blood vessels of the retina can lead to these blood vessels bleeding or growth of abnormal blood vessels.

Get tested for retinopathy

Symptoms may not be noticeable during the early stages of retinopathy. If you are concerned about the possibility of retinopathy, see your GP immediately or speak to a healthcare professional.

In most cases, a simple retinopathy screening test will allow your healthcare team to determine any changes in the blood vessels of your retina.

This will allow them to establish whether you have or are developing diabetic retinopathy.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy

Typical symptoms of retinopathy include:

  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain in the eye
  • Seeing spots
  • Loss of vision
  • Double vision
  • Floaters in your vision
  • Night visision loss

Complications of retinopathy in later stages can include blindness or retinal detachment.