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How can diabetes affect the eyes?

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Diabetes is the leading cause of new vision loss among adults ages 20 to 74 in the United States. It can lead to eye problems, some of which can cause blindness if not treated, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy, which involves the small blood vessels in your eyes

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program. 

UpToDate: “Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy” and "Lower extremity amputation."

NIH: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 6, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Education Program. 

UpToDate: “Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy” and "Lower extremity amputation."

NIH: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 6, 2019

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