November is for Diabetic Eye disease awareness

What is diabetic eye disease?

Cross section of an eye

Diabetic eye disease can affect many parts of the eye, including the retina, macula, lens and the optic nerve.

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye conditions that can affect people with diabetes. 

You might not have symptoms in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy. As the condition progresses, diabetic retinopathy symptoms may include:



Anyone who has diabetes can develop diabetic retinopathy. Risk of developing the eye condition can increase as a result of:

You should plan to make regular eye doctor visits if you have diabetes. High blood sugarcan lead to problems like blurry vision, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy. In fact, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74. A dilated eye exam lets your eyedoctor see the back of your eye (retina ). It's usually done as part of a regular eye exam

Karine B

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