People with diabetes often develop eye problems, so if you have diabetes, it is especially important to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year. The exam will check for a disease called diabetic retinopathy, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults. Diabetic retinopathy is a common complication of diabetes and causes gradual damage to small blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye that is needed for good vision. Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the risk of vision loss.
It's important for both your vision and overall health to control blood sugar (glucose) levels and to maintain your blood pressure and cholesterol at recommended levels.
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