Diabetic eye disease

Diabetic eye disease, caused by diabetes, is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. Because of the high risk for eye disease, all people with type 2 diabetes should receive an annual dilated eye exam. For people with type 1 diabetes, an annual dilated exam is recommended after they have had diabetes for 5 years.

Pregnant women with diabetes should see their eye doctor during the first three months of pregnancy and may need follow-up visits.

Basic diabetes facts

Diabetes is a chronic, complex and destructive disease that can cause a wide range of problems, including heart disease, kidney failure, amputations, and blindness. By taking care of themselves through diet, exercise, and special medications, individuals can control diabetes.

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What is diabetic eye disease

Diabetic eye disease may include:

What is diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy affects people with diabetes. The leading cause of blindness in American adults, it is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.

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Medicare benefits and your eyes

Information about the Welcome to Medicare Physical.

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Vision care financial assistance resources

Contact information for organizations and services that may be able to help with the cost of vision care.

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