Diabetes is a disease that affects the way we process food. With all forms of diabetes, the body has trouble converting sugar in the blood into energy.
Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the retina. The damaged vessels leak blood and fluid and cause the retina to swell.
Diabetic macular edema is a severe form of diabetic retinopathy and laser surgery is usually the preferred treatment option.
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