Eye care

Vision can be impacted by high levels of blood sugar in the small vessels within the eye.1 Blurry vision is one of the first symptoms of diabetes.2

There are several different types of diabetic eye diseases that could develop if proper eye care is not practiced:

  • Open-angle glaucoma is a disease that can cause damage to your eye's optic nerve.1,4
  • Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes cloudy, blocking sight.2
  • Diabetic Retinopathy is the result of sugar blocking small blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of your eye. To make up for these blocked blood vessels, your eyes then grow new blood vessels that don’t work as well. These new blood vessels can leak or bleed easily.1,3,4
  • Macular edema occurs when fluid from the leaky blood vessels in the retina builds up on the retina and causes swelling and blurry vision.1,4

Making sure your diabetes is controlled by exercising, eating healthy, and taking your medicine can help you prevent or delay vision loss. Consult with your doctor to identify how often you should have your eyes/vision examined.

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