How Does Diabetes Lead To Retinopathy?

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Diabetic Retinopathy

Print Overview Diabetic retinopathy (die-uh-BET-ik ret-ih-NOP-uh-thee) is a diabetes complication that affects eyes. It's caused by damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (retina). At first, diabetic retinopathy may cause no symptoms or only mild vision problems. Eventually, it can cause blindness. The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this eye complication. Symptoms You might not have symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. As the condition progresses, diabetic retinopathy symptoms may include: Spots or dark strings floating in your vision (floaters) Blurred vision Fluctuating vision Impaired color vision Dark or empty areas in your vision Vision loss Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes. When to see a doctor Careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, see your eye doctor for a yearly eye exam with dilation — even if your vision seems fine. Pregnancy may worsen diabetic retinopathy, so if you're pregnant, your eye doctor Continue reading >>

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  1. ROBYN

    Clomid...night sweats

    I took my 1st round of Clomid on 50 mg days 3-7 my last night was the 29th I woke up in the middle of the night last night completely drenched which has only happened when i was sick. Curious if anyone has experienced this with taking clomid. Thanks

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    I did!!!!!

  3. robyn

    Hey tracy, I feel like we just share so much in common lately (: Thanks for answering my questions. Oh... I went to the RE today because i thought I had my surge well i felt like a dumb a$$ because they told me that since I just got off clomid a day ago i received a false positive. So they said no more OPK's till I go in on CD 12 for my U/S and other testing. So we will see.

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