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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 23 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.
Dr. Benjamin Chun
Ophthalmology 28 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.
Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 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.
Dr. Sudhir Bansal
Endocrinology 75 years experience
There are some factors which are poorly understood and not in your control like inheritance
Sep 18, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. George Yang
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Typically no.: If you are sure you do not have diabetes, you should not develop diabetic retinopathy. However, it is a good idea to have an ophthalmologist give you a baseline eye exam to ensure that the eye is indeed healthy.

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