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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Posted Nov 14 2011 6:00am
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Diabetic eye disease is one of the major causes of vision loss in adults.  When the sugar levels in your blood are high, it is very stressful on the blood vessels all over your body, putting you at risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease.  In the eye, blood vessels can start to leak or bleed in reaction to high blood sugar.  This swelling in the retina can decrease your vision, so it’s best detected and treated early. How is diabetic eye disease treated?  First control your blood sugar.  Your eye doctor will examine your eyes, and may take some picutures of the retina at the back of the eye to locate areas of swelling.  If you have diabetic eye disease, injections of medication into the eye or laser treatments, or both, may be required to stop or slow down the abnormal blood vessels. Unlike ...
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