Got Diabetes? 3 Ways to Protect Your Eyes

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H, I'm Dr. Miller. One of the most common complications of diabetes is retinopathy. That happens when chronically high blood sugar damages the tiny blood vessels of the retina and that's why diabetes is a leading cause of blindness. But here's some good news 90% of diabetes related eye disease is preventable.

Controlling your blood sugar is a smart place to start. Also follow these tips, lose that belly fat. Abdominal fat is especially bad because it releases hormones that lead to insulin resistance and blood sugar problems that can damage your eyes and other organs, don't postpone insulin therapy. The biggest miss about diabetes is that you should wait as long as possible before beginning insulin therapy but for people who need them insulin injections are the most effective way for preventing diabetes complication that's just retinopathy. Get an annual eye exam, that will ensure eye problems are caught and treated in the earlier stages.

Laser eye treatments can be used to stop damage to the retina. Medication can also help. I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to take care of your diabetes check out all our smart tips.