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Anyone with diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic eye disease. Eye health is an important reason for diabetics to keep their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol within normal levels. There are three primary ways that diabetes affects your eyes:
- Cataracts – clouding of the eye lens
- Diabetic Retinopathy – damage to blood vessels in retina, leading to blindness
- Glaucoma – leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision
Early detection through an annual, comprehensive dilated eye exam is one of the best ways to detect early signs of diabetic eye disease. Most vision loss caused by diabetes can be avoided with early detection and treatment; however, 60% of diabetics do not get annual eye exams. We can perform retinal exams in our office and also provide referral to a specialist for a diabetic eye exam. Please discuss this important preventive measure with your physician at your next appointment.