Diabetes and damage to the retina and vitreous, the gel inside the eyeball, can lead to impaired vision and blindness. Yale Medicine Ophthalmology devotes a section to these serious conditions.

Patients with diabetes are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, a condition that damages the blood vessels in the retina, the back layer of the eye that is sensitive to light. The disorder causes most cases of blindness in Americans aged 25 to 70. Most people with diabetes -- 80 to 85 percent -- will experience some degree of vision loss because of their disease.

Ophthalmologists in our section are experts in all aspects of diabetic eye care. They are highly skilled at surgeries to repair and reverse damage done by diabetic retinopathy, including state of the art laser procedures as well as operations to remove hemorrhaged areas.

Our physicians also treat disorders of and injuries to the vitreous and the retina, including retinal detachment. Their surgical training and skills enable them to fix damage to these vital parts of the eye and preserve your vision.