Eye Complications in Other Diseases

Diabetes - Eye complications

Diabetes can affect eyes. All parts of the eye can be affected by diabetes. The most serious complication is Diabetic Retinopathy. It can lead to irreversible blindness.

Diabetes can lead to cataracts at an earlier age than in the rest of the population. In rare cases, paralysis of the eye muscles can also occur, which however can disappear on its own.

The most common cause of myopia and blindness Changes in the retina of the eye due to diabetes are a common cause of low vision and blindness among younger adults in the Western world.

In Denmark

Several programs are running to check type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients, depending on how severe the changes are and the advices of their ophthalmologists.

During pregnancy, people need more frequent check-ups and seek advices from their ophthalmologists.


The goal of prevention and treatment is to prevent the development of the changes in the retina and to prevent them from leading to damage to vision.

Systematic screening can significantly reduce the incidence of blindness due to diabetes.

The development of the changes on the retina can be prevented or delayed by strict regulation of blood sugar and blood pressure.

Join a screening program with eye photography and follow the advices of ophthalmologists.

If futher changes threaten the vision, they can be treated with medication, laser beams, or operations.

Eye Complications in Other Diseases:

High blood pressure (Hypertension)

Eye damages 

Blood clogs in the retinal arterioles

Lyme Disease