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Can you prevent diabetic retinopathy?

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Work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar and blood pressure at good levels. This will help to slow down diabetic retinopathy or may even stop it from happening.

Here are some other tips to help prevent diabetic retinopathy:

  • Make sure you see an eye doctor at least once a year for a complete eye exam.
  • If you have diabetes and are pregnant, have a thorough eye exam during your first trimester.
  • Follow up with your eye doctor during pregnancy. Tell your eye doctor if you develop gestational diabetes.
  • Don't smoke if you have diabetic retinopathy or diabetes.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “How is macular edema treated?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diabetic Retinopathy.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Diabetic Retinopathy?”

National Eye Institute: Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic retinopathy.”

CDC: “Common Eye Disorders.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2021

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute: “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease,” “How is macular edema treated?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diabetic Retinopathy.”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Diabetic Retinopathy?”

National Eye Institute: Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic retinopathy.”

CDC: “Common Eye Disorders.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 22, 2021

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