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Diabetes & Eye Complications

Patients with diabetes (both type I and type II) are at significant risk for damage to blood vessels in the retina (diabetic retinopathy), which can lead to permanent loss of vision and blindness. In many cases, this can be treated successfully, but only if caught early enough. In addition, diabetics are at increased risk for cataract and have to undergo regular glaucoma testing to due to a higher risk of developing the disease. It is highly recommended that all diabetic patients have regular eye exams at least annually to monitor for these conditions.