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Living Well with Diabetes

Eye Care Diabetes can lead to retinopathy. This is a condition caused by changes in the retina, the part of the eye that senses light. If not treated, retinopathy can lead to blindness. To help monitor your eyes for changes (such as changes to the retina), see an eye care specialist (ophthalmologist or optometrist) at least once a year. Do this even if your eyes feel fine and you aren’t having trouble seeing. Call the health care provider if you notice any of the following: • Any new dark spots in your vision • Poor vision in dim light • Eye pain or pressure Gum Care People with diabetes are at risk of periodontal (gum) disease. This is an infection that destroys gums and the bones that hold the teeth. The infection can also enter the bloodstream, affecting the heart and other organs. To help prevent gum disease, brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t forget to floss! And see a dentist at least twice a year. Be sure to tell anyone who works on your teeth that you have diabetes. Call your dentist if you notice any of the following: • Bleeding gums • Red, swollen, or tender gums • Gums that have pulled away from teeth • Loose teeth, or permanent teeth that have shifted position PLAY VIDEO Eye Disease 53


Living Well with Diabetes
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