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Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
You have just been to your doctor for your annual check up and are told that you have diabetes -- now what? By taking care of yourself through diet, exercise, and following the advise of your healthcare professional, you may control your diabetes and continue to enjoy your daily activities. And, if caught early enough, diabetic eye disease may be treated before it affects your vision
Diabetes left uncontrolled may lead to eye complications such as glaucoma (an increase in the fluid pressure inside the eye), diabeticretinopathy (damage to the blood vessels in the retina), or cataracts (a clouding of your natural lens).
A yearly, dilated exam is recommended by your eye care professional. During the exam, drops will be used to enlarge your pupils, which allows for more of the inside of your eye to be seen to check for signs of the disease.
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