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Why is it important to get your eyes checked if you have diabetes?

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When you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you're more likely to have eye problems than someone without it. High blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels in your eyes over time. That can lead to an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. High blood sugar can also lead to cataracts and glaucoma. So take care of your diabetes -- and keep up with annual eye exams -- to take care of your eyes.

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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