Diabetes & eye health

Diabetes & eye health

Diabetes affects the entire body, including your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can cause blindness, occurs when insulin is in your blood a long time and effects blood vessels around your retina. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 90% of diabetes-related vision loss can be prevented, but early detection is key.

To minimize your risk:

  • Maintain your blood sugar levels under tight control
  • Keep your blood pressure low
  • Schedule an annual eye exam with an ophthalmologist

If you notice any changes in your vision, contact your eye doctor right away.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Marshall Eye Surgeons at 304-691-8800 (Huntington) or 304-746-8990 (Charleston).
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