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Diabetic Retinopathy
Beaumont, Tx

 Leading causes of blindness in the United States are diabetes, glaucoma and macula degeneration.  The risk of blindness caused by diabetes is related to the duration of the disease.  It is a vascular, progressive disease that affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.  Early stages are referred to as background diabetic retinopathy.  The more significant form is proliferative retinopathy.  It starts as background retinopathy, and advances with the addition of new vessel growth on the retina, or optic nerve.  These vessels are fragile and can bleed, blocking and distorting vision.  Advanced retinopathy will seriously compromise vision with a multitude of manifestations as it progresses.  Laser treatment may be needed to seal vessels, and may require seeing a retinal specialist.