► Diabetic eye disease and glaucoma have no symptoms. Regular check ups are important for early detection and timely treatment. An eye exam through dilated pupils is the best way to diagnose glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.
► Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma are all complications of diabetes and can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.
► Studies show that people with diabetes who carefully manage their blood sugar levels can slow the onset and progression of diabetic retinopathy.
► Vision loss from glaucoma is permanent. However with early detection and treatment, blindness may be prevented. Once diagnosed by an eye doctor, glaucoma can often be treated with eye drops.
► In some cases, laser surgery is used to treat glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.