The Retina Reference

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a name for a host of changes that occur in the retina of a person who has had diabetes mellitus for a prolonged period of time. Among the changes are retinal hemorrhages, white patches (cotton wool spots), swelling (edema), growth of new vessels, deposition of scar tissue, and decrease in capillary perfusion of tissue.

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