Diabetic Retinopathy: It's not just about blood sugar levels

May 2, 2018

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Did you know that With uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure, your blood vessels can get leaky, causing greater risk of retinal bleeding, scarring and vision loss.

When you have diabetes, there's a lot of emphasis on controlling your blood sugar levels. But Dr. William Curry, vice chair for population health in Penn State Health's Department of Family and Community Medicine, says he may do more good for diabetes patients by getting their cholesterol and blood pressure under control than he can by intensifying their glucose control.

To help prevent retinal bleeding, scarring and vision loss, there are things you can do.  First, control your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Get an eye exam every two years at minimum, every year if your eye doctor has identified damage to your eyes from diabetes.   Learn more.