Keeping Your Eyes Out of Trouble
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As the old saying goes, “The eyes are the windows to the soul." If you have diabetes, your eyes may also be a window to your disease.
Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments from the NIH. I’m the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Having diabetes makes your risk for blindness 25 times greater. To reduce your risk and protect your eyes, take these steps:
- Keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol as close to normal as possible.
- Go to an eye specialist for a dilated eye exam at least once a year - even if you think your vision is okay.
- Ask the eye specialist to check for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eyes.
- And don’t smoke. Smoking affects the tiny blood vessels in your eyes.
And for more tips, visit our web site, yourdiabetesinfo.org or majic1023.com. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more “Healthy Moments.”
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