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Diabetes and the Eyes

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in the US. Eye exams are critical for patients with Diabetes to ensure a lifetime of good vision.

What is Diabetes?

A group of diseases that cause too much sugar in the blood.

What are symptoms of Diabetes?

  • Increased Thirst

  • Frequent Urination

  • Extreme Hunger

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Blurred Vision

Why do people with Diabetes need an eye exam?

Diabetes has the greatest impact on the smallest blood vessels in our body. This includes the vessels that provide nutrients to our eyes. Without these nutrients, our retina ( the light sensitive tissue that allows us to see) cannot function and we can lose vision permanently. Patients with Diabetes are at increased risk of vision loss, glaucoma, cataracts, and delayed healing.

See your eye doctor if you notice:

  • Floaters or dark spots in your vision

  • Blurry Vision

  • Difficulty focusing

  • Vision changes that fluctuate

  • Altered color vision

  • Partial or total vision loss

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