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Diabetes Can Cause Blindness

In a healthy eye, small vessels deliver blood to the retina. The retina sends signals to the brain, and those signals become the images we see. 

Diabetes can damage those blood vessels, causing them to swell or leak. They can also close off entirely, and sometimes new blood vessels form. This is called diabetic retinopathy and is the No. 1 cause of blindness among working-age adults. Four in ten people with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy. The damage occurs slowly, so many people aren’t aware of the problem until vision is lost.

Screening for diabetic retinopathy can catch the problem while it is still treatable.  Screening is quick, simple and painless. It can save your vision.

Don't wait! Discuss screening with your eye care specialist or Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System provider. 

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Your Next Steps

Experts say patients with diabetes have a 90% chance of keeping their vision if they get regular eye screenings. If you have a current diabetes diagnosis, talk to your Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System primary care provider about receiving this exam. Your primary care provider can coordinate care with your eye care specialist through this exam or assist you with identifying an external eye care partner.

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