By Sunir Garg, MD, as told to Hallie Levine

Diabetic retinopathy, a type of diabetic eye disease, is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Despite this, almost 40% of people with diabetes don’t get an annual eye exam. But these screening tests are key, since they can prevent vision loss by catching diabetic retinopathy in the early, more treatable stages of disease.

Diabetic retinopathy can cause permanent vision loss.

Many people are surprised to learn that diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss for people with diabetes. Here’s a quick primer.

Diabetes is a disease that…


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