Diabetic retinopathy is not exactly something to be dismissed as "nothing to worry about", but it's also doesn't mean that you will be going blind either.
You want to see a specialist who can do a conplete retinal examination that includes, at the very least, an angiogram to see the extent of your retinopathy. Even the most skilled opthamologist will not get a complete picture of your retinopathy simply by dilating your pupils and scoping your eye.
Statistically, if you have retinopathy with your present level of BG control, it won't simply go away, but that doesn't mean your present level of BG control dooms you to a slow progression towards macular degeneration and eventual blindness either. Like anything else with diabetes, retinopathy has to be managed through BG control.
My opthamologist is very aggressive and likes to see me every 3 to six months as long as retinopathy is detected. My first diagnosis was 3 years ago after 25 years of diabetes. I tightened my control significantly after my initial diagnosis and, as typical with retinopathy, I actually saw my retinopathy progress substantially from one eye to both eyes, followed by bleeding aneurysms, and finally macular edema in one eye. This occured rapidly for the first year after diagnosis. Since then, progress has slowed, then stopped, followed by some regression with fewer aneurysms and bleeds.
Over that time, my A1cs have dropped from 9s to 6s to consistent mid 5s over the last two years. I'm hoping I've reached an equilibrium where I don't expect to be completely rid of retinopathy, but I certainly hope it doesn't continue to progress. My opthamologists is agressive with examinations, cautious with treatements (I haven't had any laser surgery or injections), and optimistic about my outlook so I continue to follow his advice.