Diabetic eye disease, a group of eye problems that affects those with diabetes, includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.
The most common of these is Diabetic Retinopathy which affects 5.3 million Americans age 18 and older. Diabetes can also affect your vision by causing cataracts and glaucoma. If you have diabetes, you may get cataracts at a younger age, and the chances of developing glaucoma are almost doubled.
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, a complete dilated eye examination should be scheduled with your eye doctor at least once a year. Make an appointment promptly if you experience blurred vision and/or floaters that: affect only one eye; last more than a few days; or are not associated with a change in blood sugar