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
- 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.