November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Diabetic eye diseases are a group of eye problems that may present as a complication to people with diabetes. Each November, Prevent Blindness America brings awareness to the importance of early diagnosis of diabetic eye diseases. 

Diabetic eye diseases include:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Diabetic eye disease often presents with minimal symptoms. Frequently, those affected by the disease don’t seek treatment until they notice changes in their vision and the disease has progressed.

Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease:

  • Spots dots or cobweb-like dark strings floating in your vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Vision that changes periodically from blurry to clear
  • Blank or dark areas in your field of vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Colors appear washed out or different
  • Vision loss

Diabetes can cause vision in both eyes to change, even if you do not have retinopathy. Careful management of diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss. If you have diabetes, see your eye doctor for an annual dilated eye exam even if your vision seems fine.

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