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How often should I have my eyes checked for diabetic retinopathy if I have diabetes?

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Everyone with diabetes should see an eye doctor at least once a year. The doctor will dilate your eyes so that they can see the back layer, called the retina, and look for any damage. For people with type 1 diabetes, these exams should start within 3 to 5 years of diagnosis at the age of 10. People with type 2 diabetes should have their first eye exam when they're diagnosed. If you have eye complications, you may need to see your doctor more often.

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

SOURCE: American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 15, 2020

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