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Guide to Diabetes and the Eyes

  • What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

    Diabetic retinopathy is a serious sight-threatening complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness. This ocular disease is caused by high levels of sugar in the bloodstream and results in progressive damage to the light detecting retina responsible for sending visual signals to the brain.
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  • 5 Tips to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy

    Diabetic retinopathy affects over 30 percent of people with diabetes. Follow these 5 tips to reduce your risk of life-long vision loss.
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  • Diabetic Macular Edema 

    Diabetic macular edema occurs when damaged blood vessels from the retina leak fluid into the macula, the center of the retina. Diabetic macular edema causes the macula to swell and thicken, resulting in distorted vision.
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  • What Is a Diabetic Eye Exam?

    If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, annual eye exams will help to protect your eyes from serious sight-threatening eye diseases, linked to diabetes. Diabetes is a condition that prevents the body from using and storing sugar properly. As a result, excessive amounts of sugar remain in the bloodstream and if uncontrolled, can cause damage to the tiny blood vessels all over the body, including those in your eyes.
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  • How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

    Without proper treatment, diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss and even blindness. Diabetic retinopathy occurs in four stages and can progress rapidly if not treated and monitored properly. Treatment of this sight-threatening disease may include different methods, depending on the stage of the disease.
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  • Why Does Diabetes Cause Blurry Vision?

    If you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels may be the cause of your blurry vision. Blurred vision, or any changes to your vision can be quite concerning. But before you panic, understand that blurry vision is commonly associated with diabetes and can sometimes just be a temporary problem.
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