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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can someone with just a slightly high blood sugar level (not diabetes) develop diabetic retinopathy?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 24 years experience
Yes: High blood sugar over a period of years will cause diabetic retinopathy. The line between high blood sugar and diabetes can be fuzzy. Anytime sometime is diagnosed as prediabetic, it is important to get yearly dilated eye exams from an ophthalmologist. Often diabetic eye disease can be assymptomatic in its early stages but most easily treated then.
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Maybe?: The sugar level varies throughout the day, so what is slightly high? If you're asking can borderline diabetics develop dr, certainly, but it may take a lot longer than for someone who does have diabetes.
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 49 years experience
Diabetic retinopathy: The course of diabetic retinopathy (dr) varies from person to person and is dependent on how long they have their diabetes and how well controlled it is. How do you know you are not diabetic? Is your hb a 1c normal, or elevated? Dr is dependent on two things, glucose and hbp control. Looking at the figure, you can see that BP control reduces dr better than glucose control. Speak to your physician.
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Dr. Sudhir Bansal
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 76 years experience
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