- Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to use and store sugar properly. When blood sugar gets too high, it can cause progressive damage to the blood vessels on the tissue at the back of the eye (the retina). This damage reduces vision over time, although symptoms often do not appear until the disease is critical.Eventually, symptoms may include floaters, blurriness, dark areas of vision, and difficulty perceiving colors. Blindness can occur if blood sugar remains unregulated.
- This very serious eye disease is the leading cause of adult vision loss involving the retina.
- Doctors recommend that diabetics attend regular annual eye exams to monitor the health of the retina and other aspects of the eye.
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