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Did you know that living with diabetes puts you at risk for serious eye damage? Diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults under 75 years old according to the NIH. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by excessive pressure in the blood vessels of the eye. This is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy causes severe vision impairment and even blindness. Anyone with the disease is at risk and it is projected to affect 11 million people by 2030.

Early on, this condition is often asymptomatic. Loss of sight occurs when the retinal blood vessels begin to leak fluid, oil and small amounts of blood into the retina. As the disease progresses, blood vessels may be completely stopped up or additional vessels may begin to form on the retina leading to irreparable loss of sight.

Since symptoms are often not seen until significant damage is done it is imperative to book an annual comprehensive eye exam if you have diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include fluctuating vision, eye floaters and spots, the development of a shadow in your field of view, blurred vision, corneal abnormalities, double vision, eye pain and near vision problems that have nothing to do with presbyopia. In addition to diabetic retinopathy, diabetics are at increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma.

There are effective treatments to prevent loss of vision resulting from diabetes, but early detection and treatment are crucial. In addition to making sure to schedule a diabetic eye exam once a year if you are diabetic, keeping your glucose levels under control is essential to your eye health.

If you or a loved one is diabetic, be sure you know preventing diabetic eye disease and speak to your eye doctor to discuss questions or concerns. It could mean the difference between a life of sight and one of darkness.

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