Diabetic Eye Care

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People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing eye problems that can lead to vision loss and blindness. Diabetic eye problems include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. In fact, diabetes is actually the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

Diabetic eye problems often develop without any noticeable vision loss or pain. This means the eye might already be significantly damaged by the time people notice any symptoms. For this reason, it is important for people with diabetes to have their eyes examined at least once a year. Early detection of diabetic eye disease can help prevent permanent damage.

Diabetic eye problems develop from high blood sugar levels, which can damage blood vessels in the eye. More than 40 percent of people with diabetes will develop some form of diabetic eye disease. The risk of diabetic eye problems can be reduced through regular diabetic eye exams and by controlling blood sugar levels through a healthy diet and regular exercise.