Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy can include:
- Blurred or double vision
- Flashing lights, which can indicate a retinal detachment
- A veil, cloud, or streaks of red in the field of vision, or dark or floating spots in one or both eyes, which can indicate bleeding
- Blind or blank spots in the field of vision
Ocular and functional effects of diabetic retinopathy can include any or all of the following:
- Fluctuating vision in response to changing blood glucose levels; vision can change from day-to-day, or from morning to evening
- Blurred central vision from macular edema can interfere with reading
- Decreased visual acuity can interfere with seeing the markings on an insulin syringe or the display on a standard blood glucose monitor
- Irregular patches of vision loss or “blind spots” can make it difficult to judge the size of food portions on a plate.
- Decreased depth perception, in combination with decreased visual acuity, can make it difficult to see curbs and steps, or walk to the diabetes clinic.
BE SURE TO SEE YOUR OPTOMETRIST IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS. EARLY DETECTION IS THE KEY TO MAINTAINING YOUR VISION