Question: What are some of the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, and when should I see a doctor?
Answer: Most people who have diabetic retinopathy have no symptoms at all. That's why the screenings are so critical. So it's very important to have a good eye exam when you're diabetic, even if you feel that you're doing fine and your vision is good. Those diabetics who do develop symptoms, though, most commonly have blurred vision.
Some people don't have blurred vision but instead will see dark spots in front of their eyes, and if you are between exams or if for some reason you've let your screening go, then if you have blurred vision or spots in front of your eyes it is very important to get examined promptly.