Diabetes can lead to changes in the blood vessels of the retina. This type of eye damage is referred to as diabetic retinopathy and it can arise from poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy is a common cause of vision loss and blindness among those with diabetes. Some patients with this disease develop new, abnormal blood vessels in the eye, while others suffer from swollen, leaking blood vessels in the eye.
You can learn more about diabetic retinopathy and the importance of preventive healthcare by watching this video. You’ll learn how diabetic retinopathy affects the retina and you’ll hear about some common symptoms to watch out for.
South Tampa residents can visit a community hospital to learn how to effectively manage their blood sugar levels. You can call (813) 873-6400 to schedule a visit with a doctor at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Ask us about the diabetes support group at our hospital.