Retinopathy symptoms

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010

Retinopathy and Macular edema has no earlier symptoms, and many have symptoms only at its advance stage that is after nerve leak or macular swelling.

Common symptoms of retinopathy and macular edema

  • Diabetic retinopathy often has no early-warning signals. Vision may not change until the disease becomes severe.
  • Blurred vision may occur when the macula, the central part that provides the sharp vision, swells from the leaking fluid. Blurred vision makes it hard to do things like read and drive.
  • Floaters and flashes, as the new blood vessels bleed; you may notice a few specks of dark spots or clouds, floating in your vision.
  • Partial or total loss of vision or a shadow or veil across your field of vision
  • May sometime causes pain in the eye.

Most of the above symptoms are retinopathy at advanced stage. So if you are diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, should go for dilated eye exam at least once in two years. Eye exam can help to diagnose retinopathy even at its beginning stage. If diagnose early and start treatment, you can protect your vision from retinopathy.

If you come across any of the above-said symptoms, then it is necessary to go for immediate treatment to avoid partial or full vision loss.