Diabetes can affect the eyes as a long term complication of the disease. The most common and sight threatening complication affects the ‘retina’ which is the main part of the eye. This disease is called Diabetic retinopathy (DR)
DR if not treated on time can result in permanent blindness. It is a common cause of blindness in the western world and rapidly becoming common in our country. How does vision loss occur? Vision loss commonly occurs due to bleeding into the eye from the growth of new blood vessels or from the swelling of retinal tissues. Other causes include retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataract, infections and others.