Diabetic Retinopathy: 5 Tips to Lower Your Risk

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May 1, 2018

Diabetic Retinopathy: 5 Tips to Lower Your Risk

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Diabetic retinopathy, the most common form of diabetes-related eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. It’s also preventable.

May is Healthy Vision Month. Take an active role in managing your diabetes to lower your risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy:

  • Get a yearly comprehensive dilated eye exam
  • Keep your blood sugar levels as close to your target range as possible
  • Eat healthy food and be physically active
  • Quit smoking (or never start)
  • Visit your eye doctor if you notice any changes in your vision

Diabetic retinopathy may not have any symptoms in the early stages, so be sure to get an eye exam every year to catch it early if it develops, to help prevent permanent vision loss or blindness. Early detection and timely treatment work best! In our latest feature, find out more about what you can do to keep your eyes healthy.

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