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Diabetic Retinopathy

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy: Safeguarding Your Vision


Welcome to Peak Retina, your dedicated partner in maintaining and enhancing your eye health. We understand the significance of clear and healthy vision, and we are committed to providing you with the highest quality care for all your retinal concerns. In this article, we will explore Diabetic Retinopathy, a condition that affects individuals with diabetes.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Retina scan showing diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy is a common eye condition that arises as a complication of diabetes. It specifically affects the retina, the light-sensitive tissue located at the back of your eye. The retina plays a vital role in capturing visual information and sending it to your brain for processing.  Peak Retina specializes in the care of this very delicate tissue and partners with you to maximize your eyesight.

When diabetes is not well-managed, it can lead to elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Over time, these high sugar levels can damage the tiny blood vessels within the retina. This damage results in a cascade of changes in the retina, leading to the development of Diabetic Retinopathy.

Stages of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Retinopathy progresses through several stages:

Mild Nonproliferative Retinopathy:

Moderate Nonproliferative Retinopathy

Severe Nonproliferative Retinopathy:

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy:

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

Example of vision with Diabetic retinopathy

Early stages of Diabetic Retinopathy may not produce any noticeable symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, patients may experience:

Early Detection and Treatment

Regular eye exams are essential for the early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy, especially if you have diabetes or other risk factors. At Peak Retina, our highly skilled retina specialists utilize advanced diagnostic techniques to assess the health of your retina. Early detection can make a significant difference in preserving your vision and effectively managing the condition.

Treatment options for Diabetic Retinopathy depend on the stage and severity of the disease. For mild to moderate cases, lifestyle modifications and close monitoring of blood sugar levels may be recommended. Managing diabetes effectively can slow the progression of retinopathy.

In advanced stages or in cases of severe Diabetic Retinopathy, more aggressive treatments may be necessary. These may include:


Diabetic Retinopathy is a serious but manageable condition that can impact your vision if left untreated. At Peak Retina, we are dedicated to helping you understand and address this condition, providing the highest quality care and support for your vision.

Your vision is precious, and we are here to safeguard it. Regular eye exams, diligent diabetes management, and timely intervention are key to preventing vision loss from Diabetic Retinopathy. If you have diabetes or are concerned about your eye health, please schedule an appointment with us. Together, we can work towards ensuring a brighter and clearer future for your vision. Your sight is our priority at Peak Retina.