retinal conditions and your vision

How retinal conditions affect our vision

At its earliest stages, diabetic retinopathy may have no symptoms, which is why it is important for diabetics to have regular check-ups. The symptoms that may occur include blurred or distort vision. In addition, patients may suffer from the following:

  • Difficulty reading
  • Sudden loss of vision in one eye
  • Seeing rings around lights
  • Dark spots or flashing lights

Contrastingly, retinal detachment may give rise to the following symptoms:

  • Flashes of light in the extreme peripheral (side) vision
  • ‘Floaters’
  • Feeling of heaviness in the eye

If left untreated, retinal detachment can lead to blindness, and is considered a very serious condition.

In addition, if you have experienced retinal detachment in one eye, you are at an increased risk of developing one in your other eye (approximately 10%). However, generally speaking, this is a relatively uncommon disorder.

Macular holes usually only affect one eye, but there is also a 10% chance that your other eye will eventually be affected.