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How does diabetes affect the eye? Diabetes is a disease that results in increased blood sugar. Diabetes is known to affect the eye in various ways, from cataracts to problems in the retina (also called diabetic retinopathy). Because the innermost layer of the eye is full of blood vessels, the high blood sugar weakens the small vessels of the retina and result in hemorrhages or bleeding inside the eye. A decrease in healthy vessels can create retinal ischemia or oxygen starvation prompting formation of new but abnormal vessels. These new vessels can bleed and create membranes and scar tissue, which can exert pull on the retina that may eventually lead to retinal detachment. If undiagnosed and left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy? Patients with retinopathy may experience various symptoms depending on the stage of eye disease, ranging from blurred vision, floaters and flashes to sudden loss of vision. However, most of the time, there will be no symptoms in the early stages of retinopathy. It is when the condition is already severe that you will experience symptoms. How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed? Routine eye e Continue reading >>

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  1. Beverlydolls

    Do all Diabetes have Dry mouth??

    Dry Mouth… I hate having dry mouth all the time… What do yall do for your dry mouth?? Thanks for reading and reply's love to hear what everyone is doing to take care of this problem…

  2. berrykins0

    water chewing gum or sugarfree candies.limited coffee and pop they can cause dry mouth too. i noticed the difference myself.

  3. Caroltoo

    No. My dentist and I were just laughing about this at my last visit. No one would ever think I had dry mouth!

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