Diabetic Retinopathy | Prevention

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How should I take care of my eyes?

The most important thing you can do is to have your eyes checked regularly--at least once a year. You probably won't notice the early signs of diabetic retinopathy because the early changes in your eyes can only be seen through special equipment.

Tips on preventing diabetic retinopathy

  • Control your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get a yearly eye exam.
  • See your family doctor regularly.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid alcohol.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/96

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