Diabetic Eye Disease Topic Guide

Diabetic Eye Disease Diabetic Eye Disease:

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the US and worldwide. Diabetic eye disease is a complication from diabetes. Types of diabetic eye disease include

  • blindness,
  • background diabetic retinopathy,
  • nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy,
  • diabetic macular edema,
  • proliferative diabetic retinopathy,
  • cataracts, and
  • glaucoma.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy includes blurry or hazy vision, difficulty focusing, and night glare from oncoming lights. Causes of diabetic eye disease occur over time due to hypoglycemia (high blood sugar) and other abnormalities in metabolism found in people with diabetes. Treatment for diabetes eye problems depends on the type of eye problem. Medication and surgery for diabetes eye problems may be necessary in addition to lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercise, quitting smoking.

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