Encouraging annual dilated eye exams for people with diabetes – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. But people with diabetes can take steps to prevent the complications of diabetic eye disease.
Huang: Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of diseases.
Narrator: Dr. Suber Huang is the chair of the National Eye Health Education Program’s Diabetic Eye Disease Subcommittee. He explains that diabetic retinopathy is one example of diabetic eye disease.
Huang: Diabetic retinopathy is a kind of change that occurs to the light sensing tissue inside the eye.
Narrator: People with diabetes are also at greater risk for cataracts and glaucoma. For details on diabetic eye disease and prevention steps, visit www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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