For someone recently diagnosed with diabetes, it can often feel as though they are being bombarded with information on how to manage the condition. Many don’t think about how it can affect their eyes.

What is diabetic retinopathy?

A potential complication of the condition is diabetic retinopathy, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging the back of the eyes and, if undiagnosed and untreated, can lead to sight loss.

It can take some time for it to damage vision, which means that regular checks mean there is a better chance of managing it.

What should I do to manage it?

You will need to manage your diabetes carefully, making sure that you keep your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.

You should also make sure that you attend your annual, diabetic eye-screening appointment so that any changes to your eye health can be identified quickly.

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