What Are the Symptoms of DR?
You might not have any warning signs of diabetic retinopathy. But if you do, this is how you'll know.
Frank Siringo, M.D., O.D., chief of vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Omni Eye Specialists in Denver, discusses the symptoms of DR, which can include hazy vision, sudden vision loss, and fluctuations in eyesight.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy are really variable and oftentimes there's no symptoms at all, which is why every year diabetics need an eye exam with a careful examination of the retina to determine if they have diabetic retinopathy. Patients typically have a vague waxing and waning set of symptoms. So, they'll often say, “You know, oftentimes my vision is bad when I first wake up. It's kind of better during the day, and then it gets poor again at the end of the day.” Or “I can't look at my computer as long.” Or “I'm much more reliant on my glasses and driving at night is hard.” So, their symptoms are a little more vague and not as consistent.
Patients with the advanced types of diabetic retinopathy, they can bleed right into the middle of the eye, such that they're looking through a lava lamp of blood and have really decreased vision. So sudden loss of vision, hazy vision, vision that fluctuates rapidly between day night.
These are all potential symptoms of diabetic retinopathy.