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Blood vessels are tubes that circulate blood within the body

 

The retina is the light-sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye

 

The tiny bulges in blood vessel walls are called microaneurysms (“my-crow-ann-yur-isms”)

 

Beginning stages of blood leaking into the retina

 

Many of the blood vessels in the retina show visible changes

 

Blood leaking into the retina is more severe

 

Bleeding in the space between the lens and the retina can cause changes in vision

 

Growth of new, fragile blood vessels