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Am I more at risk for cataracts and glaucoma if I have diabetes?

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Glaucoma and cataracts aren't specific to diabetes, but they can show up earlier if you're diabetic. It all depends on how well you control your blood sugar. Work closely with your doctor to keep your diabetes under control.

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Purnima S. Patel, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Ophthalmology; assistant professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Are Cataracts?” "What Is Glaucoma?" “Get Screened at 40,” “Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Purnima S. Patel, MD, spokeswoman, American Academy of Ophthalmology; assistant professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta.

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “What Are Cataracts?” "What Is Glaucoma?" “Get Screened at 40,” “Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnosis.”

American Diabetes Association: “Eye Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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