Caption for page three: People with diabetes need to know...Description for page three: Illustrations of self-care practices that protect your vision include a doctor holding a glucose indicator and consulting a patient; a calendar with the date circled and the notation, "dilated eye exam"; closeups of drops being put in an eye; and an eye with a dilated pupil.
People with diabetes need to know they are at risk for developing diabetic eye disease, especially diabetic retinopathy, which can cause vision loss. Getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year is important to finding and treating diabetic eye disease early. It is also important to talk with your doctor about diabetes self-care and to follow his or her instructions. All of this can help protect your vision from diabetic retinopathy.