While it is true that the primary sign of diabetes is high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), it can lead to many other problems throughout the body. In the eye, Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2 can lead to premature cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy (bleeding in the back of the eye). The National Institute of Health, Centers of Disease Control, American College of Physicians, and the American Diabetes Association recommend an annual visit to rule out diabetic retinopathy through a comprehensive eye examination done by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Did you know that diabetes is the leading causing of blindness between ages of 20-74 or approximately 5 million Americans. At Wallerich Eye Care, all the providers dilate each of our diabetic patients yearly to ensure no signs of diabetic retinopathy (hemorrhages or blood spots in the back of the eye). It is our goal that we partner with our patients and their healthcare team by ruling out diabetic retinopathy and sending a report to your physician or advanced practice provider.