Hi Audrey @audge512 , a Warm Welcome to TypeOneNation!
I’m not sure exactly which question you are asking - wisdom gained from diagnosis of retinopathy or if retinopathy is possible EVEN with “good control”.
I know of people “not diagnosed with diabetes” who have retinopathy diagnosis.
The wisdom I share about my experience since I was diagnosed with retinopathy on 1966 - yes 52 years ago, is that you should seek out the best ophthalmologist and follow her advice; there are really good treatment options and your prognosis is probably excellent. When I was given the diagnosis I was told that most likely I’d be totally blind within two years because at that time the only “treatment” was removal of the pituitary gland to possibly delay blindness.
I asked questions and was referred to a very progressive ophthalmologist in Boston who had a theory that IF, a BIG if, a LASER could be harnessed that it could possibly be used to mend the leaking blood vessels on the retina and also “kill” off growth of new vessels - the LASER heat used to cauterize. I volunteered as a guinea pig under a modified weapons grade ruby laser and still see fairly well; right now there are other very successful treatments.
Good luck to you, Dennis