How Does Diabetes Affect My Risk Of Developing An Eye Problem?

Question: How does diabetes affect my risk of developing an eye problem?

Answer: Diabetes affects all of the cells and small blood vessels in the body. In the eye, which has the most rapid circulation and metabolism of any of the structures of the body, the increased levels of sugar in the blood cause the blood vessels to dilate and eventually to leak and bleed, and reduce the circulation to various parts of the retina. This can result in severe damage to the vision and may result in complete loss of vision if it's not properly addressed.