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Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a general term for a group of eye problems that can result from having type 1 or type 2 diabetes, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.

Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of diabetic eye disease, so it is important that you don’t wait for symptoms to appear before having a comprehensive eye exam. Early detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease will dramatically reduce your chances of sustaining permanent vision loss.

Diabetic Retinopathy affects the blood vessels in the retina in the back of the eye. The high blood sugar from diabetics can damage small blood vessels in the retina. These blood vessels leak fluid or blood which leads to distortion of vision; sometimes this fluid can cause floaters. This condition can also lead to retinal detachment.