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Diabetes & your eyes

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Diabetes can seriously affect your eyes. People can lose all or part of their vision because of diabetes.

Diabetes can damage your eyes before you notice any change in vision. But by picking up these early signs of diabetic eye damage and getting them treated, you can reduce the chance of serious damage.

When diabetic eye damage is more severe it can be irreversible and there is a risk you will lose your sight. Diabetic eye damage often affects both eyes.

Written by Canterbury optometrists. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Ophthalmology, Canterbury DHB. April 2015.

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How can diabetes affect my vision?

Diabetes eye checks (retinal screening)

How is diabetic retinopathy treated?

How can I look after my eyes?

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