What is Diabetes?

"Diabetes is a disease that affects the small blood vessel systems throughout the body. Diabetes can cause bleeding and accumulation of fluid in the retina of the eyes. This condition is known as diabetic retinopathy. In advanced cases new blood vessels form inside the eyes which leak fluid and cause scar tissue to form, which can lead to vision loss or blindness. People with diabetes also have a greater risk of cataract and glaucoma. The risk of ocular complications in people with diabetes increases with the amount of time they have had diabetes and if sugar levels are poorly controlled. It is important that all diabetics have regular yearly checkups with their optometrist."

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