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What risk factors are associated with diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 19 years experience
Elevated Glucose: Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindnessin working-age adults (age 20-74) diabetic retinopathy (diabetes eye disease) does not have symptoms until the late stages. Diabetic retinopathy is treated with glucose control by the patient and primary care provider and lasers to retina by a physician (ophthalmologist). Newer techniques such as injections of special medications are available.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery 20 years experience
Diabetics: All diabetics are at risk, especially those with longer duration disease and with poor glycemic control. All diabetics need regular eye exams by an eye doctor even if no new symptoms occur.

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