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What role does an eye doctor play on my diabetes care team?

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Either an ophthalmologist (a doctor who can treat eye problems both medically and surgically) or an optometrist (someone who is trained to examine the eye for certain problems, such as how well the eye focuses; optometrists are not medical doctors) should check your eyes at least once a year. Diabetes can affect the blood vessels in the eyes, which can lead to losing your sight.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Who's on Your Health Care Team?"

Rothman, R. Am J Med,  2005. 

Mangione, C. Ann InternMed, 2006.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2021

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Who's on Your Health Care Team?"

Rothman, R. Am J Med,  2005. 

Mangione, C. Ann InternMed, 2006.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2021

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