Diabetic Eye Diseases
Those with diabetes are at a higher risk than others of developing a variety of eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma. However, there two serious eye diseases that develop because of diabetes:
- Diabetic Retinopathy: High blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in your retinas. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness and diabetic macular edema.
- Diabetic Macular Edema: Fluid accumulates and starts to leak into the macula, causing irreparable damage. This destroys your central vision, the area responsible for recognizing faces, reading, and driving.