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Can diabetes affect your eyes?

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Yes. You should plan to make regular eye doctor visits when you have diabetes. High blood sugar can lead to problems like blurry vision, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy. In fact, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74.

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Disease"  and "Mental Health Problem Linked to Diabetes." 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes." 

Colucciello, M. Arch Ophthalmol,  2005; 123:1273.

Hernandez, C. Diabetes Care, 2006; 29:2028.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Diabetes and Your Eyesight."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 3, 2021

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Eye Disease"  and "Mental Health Problem Linked to Diabetes." 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Take Charge of Your Diabetes." 

Colucciello, M. Arch Ophthalmol,  2005; 123:1273.

Hernandez, C. Diabetes Care, 2006; 29:2028.

The Glaucoma Research Foundation: "Diabetes and Your Eyesight."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on February 3, 2021

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