Health Alert WEB EXCLUSIVE: Diabetic Retinopathy

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Question: What are the symptoms diabetic eye disease?

Answer: Often times people will see floating spots, which are hemorrhages that require prompt treatment.

The early stages of diabetic retinopathy usually have no symptoms. The disease often progresses unnoticed until it affects vision. Bleeding from abnormal retinal blood vessels can cause the appearance of “floating” spots. These spots sometimes clear on their own. But without prompt treatment, bleeding often recurs, increasing the risk of permanent vision loss. If DME occurs, it can cause blurred vision.