DIABETES & BLINDNESS
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. It involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision. The condition can develop in anyone who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this eye complication. Other diabetic eye diseases include:
Diabetic macular edema (swelling to an area of the retina); cataract; glaucoma.