DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Diabetes & Eye Disease...See No Evil
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
If you knew that something as simple as an annual visit to an eye specialist (Ophthalmologist) could help prevent you from going blind, would you keep your yearly appointment? Likewise, if you knew that controlling your blood sugar levels in diabetes could slow down the progression of eye disease, would you think twice before having a second cookie?
Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) is complicated by eye disease (damage to the retina, called retinopathy) in over 60% of patients. The retina is the portion of the eye that detects light and its function is essential for vision. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.