Having type 1 or type 2 diabetes may put you at risk for common diabetes-related eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema (DME), and diabetic retinopathy (damage to blood vessels that lead to the retina), which may lead to retinal detachment.
What Causes Diabetic Retinopathy?
In most cases, diabetes affects the eyes because high blood sugar and hypertension (high blood pressure) can damage the tiny blood vessels in your retina, causing them to swell, leak or even close. This may lead to a number of complications, from blood getting into the vitreous (or gel-like area) of the eye, to the retina becoming detached.
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Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.
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