Type 1 and 2 diabetics can have resulting health complications throughout the body including the eye. Diabetics have elevated blood sugar levels which can weaken blood vessels. When this occurs in the eye, it results in Non-Proliferative and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. This affects the blood vessels within the retina and can lead to hemorrhaging, fluid leakage, ischemia, and new blood vessel growth. If vision is threatened, a Retinal Specialist is usually consulted for treatment. It is recommended that Diabetic patients have annual eye exams and if issues arise they may need to be seen more frequently.
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