This can cause vision to become blurred, distorted or partially blocked. If the leaking or growth is not stopped early enough, blindness can result. The longer you have diabetes, the higher the chance you will develop diabetic retinopathy. People who developed diabetes as children (Type I diabetes) are at greater risk than those who develop it as adults (Type II diabetes).
An ophthalmologist looks for diabetic retinopathy by enlarging (dilating) your pupils. This allows him or her to examine the inside of your eye to check for signs of the disease
. The best time to treat diabetic retinopathy is before symptoms occur. If you wait until you know something is wrong, it might be too late to restore lost vision.