Can Pre­di­a­betes Put Your Vi­sion at Risk?

Chattanooga Times Free Press - Parade - - Healthy - —Cleveland Clinic oph­thal­mol­o­gist Su­mit Sharma, M.D.

Just as di­a­betes can in­crease your risk of de­vel­op­ing blind­ness, hav­ing pre­di­a­betes can in­crease your risk of vi­sion loss too.

Pre­di­a­betes can cause retinopa­thy, changes to the struc­ture of the eye that can re­sult in vi­sion loss. Hav­ing retinopa­thy is the sin­gle big­gest pre­dic­tor for vi­sion loss. It has the best chance for treat­ment suc­cess if de­tected early and treated. That’s why it’s im­por­tant to get a di­lated eye exam every year. And ask your pri­mary doc­tor about test­ing for pre­di­a­betes if you’re over­weight and older than 45.

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