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Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes harms blood vessels in the rear of the eye. This can lead to vision loss. Help reduce your risk of vision loss by taking care of your health. Managing your diabetes and other health problems can make diabetic retinopathy less likely.
You can help protect your vision. To do this, keep your blood sugar level in a healthy range. Check your blood sugar often. Follow your diabetes management plan. Work closely with your health care providers. This includes your endocrinologist (diabetes doctor). He or she can help if you are having trouble keeping your blood sugar in range.
There are other factors that damage blood vessels. These can make diabetic retinopathy worse. These factors include:
High blood pressure
Work with your health care team to control these problems. This can help lower your risk. A diabetes educator can help you control blood pressure and high cholesterol. He or she can also talk to you about stop-smoking programs.
The resources below can help you learn more.
American Diabetes Association 800-342-2383 www.diabetes.org
Lighthouse International 800-829-0500 www.lighthouse.org
National Eye Institute 301-496-5248 www.nei.nih.gov
Hormone Health Network