Diabetes can affect an individual's eye sight if not treated properly. There are different eye diseases that can affect diabetics. Glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME).
This can progress into four stages if not treated right away. Starting with Mild nonproliferative retinopathy which is the earliest stage of the disease and can progress to moderate nonproliferative retinopathy
then Severe nonproliferative retinopathy and finally Proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). If not treated early on this can lead to permanent vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
This can be a consequence of diabetic retinopathy happening at any stage of the disease. This occurs when a build-up of fluid in the macula. DME is one of the most common causes of vision loss in people with diabetic retinopathy.
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