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What is diabetic eye disease?

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. It can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.

Diabetic eye disease may include:

Diabetic retinopathy-damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Cataract-clouding of the eye's lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes. Glaucoma-increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

This answer is based on source information from National Eye Institute.
Diabetics may face all types of eye problems that nondiabetics face. However, diabetics are at a higher risk of diabetic retinopathy and cataracts.

Eye health can be a concern for diabetes patients. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Manvi Maker about diabetic eye disease.

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