One of the most distressing and difficult complications of diabetes is reduced vision.
Diabetes weakens the walls of the blood vessels in the retina. It can cause bleeding of tiny blood vessels, bulging of vessels, leakage of fats and fluid into the surrounding tissues.
In severe cases, it can cause serious visual loss. Control of blood glucose levels and treatment of conditions such as high cholesterol and blood pressure can help save the sight.
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