National Eye Institute Present the Following Educational Diabetic Retinopathy Animation
Diabetic Retinopathy Defined
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. Read More About Diabetic Retinopathy.