Return your retinas to better health. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, your eyes could be at greater risk. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
About This Condition
The term retinopathy indicates damage to the retina at the back of the eye. Several conditions, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and high blood
pressure, can lead to the development of retinopathy.
Retinopathy often has no early warning signs. If retinopathy progresses, partial or total blindness may result.
Healthy Lifestyle Tips
In a study of people with diabetes, cigarette smoking was found to be a risk factor for the development of retinopathy.1 In a study of people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, those who maintained their blood sugar levels close to the normal range had less severe retinopathy, compared with those whose blood sugar levels were higher.2 Tighter control of blood-sugar levels can be achieved with a medically supervised program of diet, exercise, and, when appropriate, medication.
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