What is diabetic eye disease?

Diabetes and vision problems: Is it safe to exercise?

It's important to stay as active as you can, even if you have vision problems from diabetes. But first ask your doctor what physical activities are safe for you to do. If you bend, lift things, or move fast, it may affect your health or vision, especially if you have diabetic retinopathy.

What eye diseases can diabetes cause?

Many people with diabetes develop diabetic retinopathy. It can lead to poor vision and even blindness. Retinopathy can also cause macular edema. Swelling of the macula can make vision much worse.

People who have diabetes are also at risk for other problems that damage vision. These include:

Cataracts.

Cataracts are often caused by a lifetime of sun exposure. Diabetes makes them form faster.

Glaucoma.

People with diabetes are also at risk for a severe form of glaucoma called neovascular glaucoma.

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