November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, and I want to use this occasion educate and encourage all individuals with diabetes to get a yearly eye exam. Simply put, high blood sugar can cause swelling in the blood vessels of the retina, retinal hemorrhages, and blood vessel abnormalities. These conditions can lead to decreased vision and even blindness. The good news is that if detected early, this eye disease called Diabetic Retinopathy, can be treated to help maintain vision and stop the progression of vision loss. Please watch this short video produced by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and hear from actual patients on the importance of annual eye examinations.
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