Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes.
How often should you be tested? If you have diabetes, get tested every year, or more often if your doctor says to. If you are at low risk for vision problems, your doctor may consider follow-up exams every 2 to 3 years.