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A Closer Look at Diabetes and Good Eye Health

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According to the American Diabetes Association, people living with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health. It reports that nearly 26-million people in the United States have diabetes and that up to 24,000 people lose their vision each year because of diabetes.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) encourages diabetics to schedule annual, dilated eye examinations. This will help detect and prevent eye and vision disorders that could lead to blindness.

Diabetes-Related Eye Disorders

People with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy - which is one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes.

Things to Consider

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Since early warning signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or undetected, the AOA recommends that people - especially African Americans and Hispanics, who have a higher risk of developing diabetes - look for initial signs and contact a doctor of optometry if any of the following symptoms are present:

Eye Health Tips

In addition to having yearly, comprehensive eye exams, the AOA offers the following tips to help prevent or slow the development of diabetic eye diseases: