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How is it detected?

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease. It is characterized by damage to the blood vessels in the retina. It is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes. If left untreated, it can cause blindness.

The American Optometric Association recommends that everyone with diabetes have a comprehensive dilated eye examination once a year. Early detection and treatment can limit the potential for vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Come and visit Northport Vision Center LLC located in Northport, AL today to get you eye checked.


Often there are no symptoms or pain associated with diabetic retinopathy. Don't wait for symptoms! Have regularly scheduled eye exams at least once a year.

Is it preventable?

Careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, see your optometrist for annual eye exams with dilation — even if your vision seems fine. Pregnancy may worsen diabetic retinopathy, so if you're pregnant, your eye doctor may recommend additional eye exams throughout your pregnancy.

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