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How can I treat floaters from diabetic retinopathy?


If you are diabetic, you are already likely aware of the effects it can have on your vision. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition associated with diabetes that involves progressive damage to the retina - and left untreated, it can increase the likelihood of developing other vision problems such as cataracts or glaucoma. Eventually, it can result in the loss of your eyesight.

Fortunately with regular monitoring and treatment, you can help to minimise the effects of diabetic retinopathy and preserve your vision.It is important to understand what symptoms to look for so that you can alert your optometrist of any changes. One common thing that you may notice is eye floaters, or spots, in your field of vision. These are caused by the shadows of tiny bits of debris moving around in the vitreous, the gel-like watery substance within your eye. While seeing floaters from time to time is part of the natural ageing process as the consistency of the retina changes, you will want to call your optometrist for a check-up if you begin to notice them - especially if you have diabetic retinopathy or you notice showers of spots and light flashes.

Individuals with diabetic retinopathy are more prone to certain eye complications, including retina damage. Your optometrist can help you assess the situation and ensure you take the appropriate action to protect your vision and safeguard your eye health.The sudden presence of floaters can be a sign of retinal tear or detachment, which may require surgery to correct. This should be treated as an emergency and you should contact your optometrist right away to determine the next steps in your treatment.Because diabetic retinopathy is a progressive condition, being proactive about your eye health can help to preserve your sight in the long-term.