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Do I need to do a lot of extra work to care for my eyes if I have diabetes?

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Diabetes care and eye care work together.

It doesn't take a lot of extra work to take care of your eyes with diabetes. The steps you take to manage diabetes also help keep your eyes healthy. Follow your diabetes meal plan, get enough exercise, and take any diabetes drugs as prescribed. This helps keep your blood sugar levels healthy -- and gives you the best possible chance of keeping your eyesight strong.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Complications," "Eye Care."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Keep Your Eyes Healthy," "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

CDC: "2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet," "Take Charge of Your Diabetes," "Diabetes Health Concerns."

National Diabetes Education Program: "Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care," "4 Steps To Control Your Diabetes. For Life."

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Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Complications," "Eye Care."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Keep Your Eyes Healthy," "Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

CDC: "2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet," "Take Charge of Your Diabetes," "Diabetes Health Concerns."

National Diabetes Education Program: "Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care," "4 Steps To Control Your Diabetes. For Life."

Smokefree.gov.

Reviewed by Alan Kozarsky on May 10, 2019

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