Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that causes damage to the fine blood vessels of the retina. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in working-age Americans. Diabetic retinopathy occurs in more than half of the people who develop diabetes and occurs more often in patients with poorly controlled diabetes.
It is possible to have diabetic retinopathy for a long time without noticing symptoms until substantial damage has occurred. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may occur in one or both eyes and could include: blurry vision, double vision, difficulty reading, floaters and difficulty with color perception.
The retinal specialists at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford use the latest diagnostic tools, cameras and retinal scanners to diagnose and monitor the progression of diabetic retinopathy. They will also custom-tailor treatments for each patient to maximize visual outcomes by using the latest lasers and surgical systems to address diabetic changes that can lead to vision loss.