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Get an Annual Dilated Eye Exam

It’s important to get a comprehensive eye exam with dilation every year to allow for a more thorough examination of your eye and to catch conditions early, before permanent damage is done. Some diabetic eye diseases have no signs or symptoms until they are too obvious to ignore, which might present as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dark spots or "holes"
  • 闪光灯
  • Seeing an increased amount of floaters
  • Poor night vision

This is why routine exams are so important—to help avoid vision loss and potentially catch these conditions early.



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Know Your Risk For Diabetes

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they almost always have prediabetes. There are no clear symptoms of prediabetes, so you may have it and not know it. Take our free, 60-second online risk test—and if you are at risk for diabetes, talk to your healthcare team about getting tested.


When your blood sugar is too high, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. High blood sugar can also damage the blood vessels in your eyes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps prevent these problems.


High blood pressure and high cholesterol can put you at greater risk for eye disease and vision loss. Keeping both under control will not only help your eyes but your overall health.


Smoking increases your risk of diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions, but you can reduce that risk by quitting smoking. Regular exercise also has phenomenal health benefits—it can control diabetes and improve eye health.


What Can You Do to Protect Your Eyes?

Getting eye exams is an important part of taking care of your eyes. Here’s how to prepare.

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Living with low vision?

Here are some solutions to help with everyday activities.

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Computer Vision Syndrome?


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