Damage to the retina at the back of the eye (retinopathy) is one of the diabetes risks for the yes. If left untreated, it can get worse and cause some loss of vision, or blindness in severe cases. Good control of blood sugar (glucose) and blood pressure slows down the progression of retinopathy. Please remember to have regular dilated eye exams as early detection is crucial. -MDA
BY TIM SANDLE
Toronto – The Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) recently reminded people of the importance of routine eye exams. This is because diabetes can have a significant impact on eye health.
Most people are aware of the challenges related to insulin and high blood sugar. However, not everyone is as aware of the damaging effects that diabetes can have on their vision and eye health. As part of the recent National Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada, the CAO has helped to raise awareness of the risks to eyes associated with the disease. Digital Journal found out more about the campaign from Dr. Paul Geneau, CAO President.

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).
 As part of the recent campaign, Canadian doctors of optometry joined the Canadian Diabetes Association in asking Canadians to “Take the CANRISK Test.” The test assesses the danger of developing the disease, outlines risk factors and offers suggestions to help prevent or delay its development and complications………….
Source: Digital Journal
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