Diabetes in the Eye
Diabetes mellitus is a disease that affects your ability to control your blood sugar (glucose) levels. High blood sugar causes damage to the blood vessels throughout the body. When diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels in the eye it is called Diabetic Retinopathy. The damaged blood vessels are prone to leaking, bleeding, growing abnormally, and becoming blocked or not allowing blood to flow through anymore. All of these changes are destructive to the delicate neural retina tissue and can cause permanent vision loss.