What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic Retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision.
If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.
What is the Diabetic Retinopathy Wellness Program?
This is more comprehensive evaluation of the eye in order to detect subtle changes within the retina earlier and allow more timely prevantative care. It includes:
People with the following risk factors are best suited for the program: