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How can I prevent diabetic retinopathy?

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This condition happens when uncontrolled diabetes damages the blood vessels in your eyes. The vessels can leak blood or fluids. Laser treatment can "zap" leaks in early stages and may stop more serious complications. But the best way to protect vision is to monitor and maintain normal blood sugar levels.

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

Lighthouse International: "Vision Loss Is Not a Normal Part of Aging: Open Your Eyes to the Facts!"

American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart: "What Is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?" "What Is Glaucoma?" "What Are Cataracts?"

University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary: "The Eye Digest: Eye changes with aging."

National Eye Institute: "Facts About Diabetic Retinopathy," "Facts About Retinal Detachment."

eMedicine: "Retinal Vein Occlusion."

National Institutes of Health web site: "NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease."

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on May 29, 2020

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