How Does Diabetes Cause Diabetic Retinopathy?

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How Diabetes Causes Diabetic Retinopathy | Yorktown, New York

Nearly 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes—about 11 percent of the U.S. population between the ages of 20 and 79. There are many serious health issues associated with diabetes in Highland, including cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, organ failure, and blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Each year there are between 12,000 and 24,000 new cases of blindness from diabetic retinopathy in the United States, making it the leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Diabetes causes abnormal changes in the blood sugar (glucose) that your body ordinarily converts into energy to fuel different bodily functions. When these changes lead to unusually high levels of blood sugar in the blood vessels, it can hinder the blood flow to your organs, including your eyes. Eye damage is caused by persistently high levels of blood sugar that clog or damage blood vessels within the eye's retina.

Fortunately, with early detection and treatment, there are ways to prevent vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes in Highland, it is all the more important to have regular eye examinations. contact Seeta Eye Centers at 845-454-1025  to learn more and schedule an appointment today.