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Diabetes can affect the health of your eyes, but CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic's doctors are experienced in the diagnosis of diabetic eye disease and work closely with your primary care doctor to help keep your eyes healthy.

Diabetes and Your Vision Health

If you have diabetes, you know your body's inability to properly use and store sugar affects your health. You may also know that having diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your eyes. This damage can lead to diabetic retinopathy-the leakage of fluids or bleeding in the back of the eye. The macula is near the center of the retina and determines the quality of the images you see. When fluid leaks into the macula it causes the retina to swell and form deposits called "exudates." This is known as macular edema, or non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy, or NPDR. Weak blood supply can allow abnormal blood vessels to grow, causing bleeding or scarring that can greatly reduce vision. This is called proliferative diabetic retinopathy, or PDR.

Risk Factors

All people with diabetes-both type 1 and type 2-are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. And, the longer someone has had diabetes, the higher the risk. Other risk factors include:
  • Poor control of blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Pregnancy
  • Tobacco use
  • African American, Hispanic or Native American heritage

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