By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and it can lead to blindness. Now the results of a three-year study show that people with diabetic retinopathy may get some help from a drug used to treat macular degeneration.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy involves damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which is the part of the eye responsible for healthy vision. According to the National Eye Institute, 40 to 45 percent of people with diabetes have some level of diabetic retinopathy, which is the most common eye disease that affects diabetics.