In the US, diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in patients aged 25-74. It increases your risk of glaucoma and cataracts.
With Diabetes, damage to the small blood vessels in the retina may result in leaky blood vessels or abnormal blood vessel formation. Known as diabetic retinopathy, both abnormalities can permanently compromise your vision. Depending on certain characteristics of the condition, specific treatments—laser and medical—are available to prevent progressive vision loss. It is vital for diabetics to be seen annually to determine eye health and treatment. Athens Eye’s physicians work closely with your primary care physician to ensure your diabetes is optimally managed and retinopathy is prevented or treated appropriately.