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What factors can affect risk of diabetic retinopathy?

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High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and obesity all put you at risk and need treatment. Smoking does, too, so work with your doctor to kick that habit. Never ignore the symptoms of infection, which can worsen diabetic retinopathy. Cataract surgery can affect existing retinopathy, too, so talk with your doctor about the timing of treatments for retinopathy and cataracts.

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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