People with diabetes are often susceptible to developing complications with their eyes, and therefore their eyesight. Referred to as diabetic retinopathy, the complications are a result of damage to the blood vessels in the retinal tissue.
Individuals with poor glucose control are at increased risk of developing these dangerous complications. If that poor control is chronic, it puts people with diabetes at even greater risk. Although most sufferers of diabetes develop only minor issues, their optical problems could escalate into something much more serious.
Some common ocular problems associated with diabetes include floaters and blurriness, in the early stages, as well as more serious conditions like cataracts and glaucoma. However, these complications could develop into proliferative diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema, both of which can lead to blindness.
However, thanks to researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center, our treatment for diabetes-related eye disorders are better than ever.
Learn about Joslin’s exciting work in the video below!
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