There.re no early-stage symptoms of diabetic retinopathy and vision loss may not occur until the disease is advanced. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with several therapies, used alone or in combination. Watch this video about: Diabetes - retinal conditions You have had diabetes for a long time Your blood sugar glucose has been poorly controlled You also smoke or you have high blood pressure If you already have damage to the blood vessels in your eye, some types of exercise can make the problem worse. The new blood vessels are fragile, which makes them more likely to leak and bleed. Although it is more likely to occur as diabetic retinopathy worsens, DBE can happen at any stage of the disease. The earliest visible change to the retina is known as background retinopathy. With regular check-ups, you can keep minor problems minor see our Eye Care page . This is not the same problem as diabetic retinopathy. Fighting Blindness supported researchers in BCD and the Mater Hospital are also designing tools that can detect, treat and prevent vision loss in people with diabetes. Follow your eye doctor's advice on how to protect your vision.
For.nformation about diseases and conditions that can mimic retinopathy, refer to misdiagnosis of retinopathy . Surgery – may be required for severe cases of diabetic retinopathy that do not respond to laser treatment. Doppler optical coherence tomography.