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How Does Diabetes Affect Your Eyes?

Diabetes is a significant cause of blindness in the United States and across the world.  In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults age 20-74.

High blood sugar (glucose) caused by diabetes can make the lens in the eye swell.   This impacts your ability to see.  People with diabetes must be on the lookout for the development of cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious condition that can cause vision loss.  This occurs when high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels in the retina.  Immediate treatment is needed.

You can help prevent vision problems by controlling your blood sugar levels.  If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are a must.  For a consultation or for more information about diabetes and vision loss, please call Eyecare MPLS in Minneapolis at 612-470-9871 or

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