DI­A­BETES & BLIND­NESS

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

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.

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