Understanding Your Eyes

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As you know, diabetes is a complicated disease to manage. In addition to the immediate feelings that are brought on by highs and lows, there are a whole host of complications that can occur if your condition is not managed well. In addition to diabetic ketoacidosis, people with diabetes can also suffer from nerve damage.

One of the most common side effects of nerve damage caused by poor blood sugar control is diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Recognizing the symptoms of these complications at their onset is an important part of preventing a much bigger problem. Further, as these symptoms can be subtle, maintaining regular check ups is crucial to ensuring issues are caught early on and preventing long-term damage to your eyes.

The first place to start: Learn the basics of how the eyeball operates. With a better understanding of what is happening to your body, comes an better ability to communicate potential issues with your doctors, as well as a better grasp of how best to manage your condition.

Check out the video below for a tour of the eyeball!

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L.D. and her ten-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved to Seattle two years ago from Tucson, Arizona. They chose Seattle because they heard that's where they kept all the good coffee - plus Ella learned about grass. L. De Mello likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.