Diabetes affects nearly 14 million Americans, and the number is growing.
Diabetic Retinopathy, an umbrella term for a number of conditions caused by high blood sugar, is the leading cause of new blindness in patients from 20 to 64.
Eye disease is a relatively lesser known complication of diabetes, which contributes to a number of other serious eye conditions.
For most diabetics, however, visual health can be preserved with a minor amount of effort. A regular annual eye exam can identify common eye diseases early before vision loss has occurred.