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The Link between Diabetes and Macular Degeneration

The Link between Diabetes and Macular Degeneration

Diabetes can wreak havoc on your optical health. In fact, your eye doctor in New York may be able to tell if your blood sugar is poorly controlled even before you notice any symptoms. One of the many consequences that diabetes can have is macular degeneration.

High blood sugar levels damage blood vessels all over the body, and the vessels in the eyes are certainly not exempt. Macular degeneration occurs when the macula’s light-sensitive cells begin to deteriorate and break down. Since cells are dependent on good blood supply to remain healthy, uncontrolled diabetes can cause this condition to develop. Going for regular eye exams and being vigilant in your efforts to control your blood sugar are the best things you can do to reduce your risk.

For more information about eye conditions, including macular degeneration, or to schedule an eye exam in New York, contact the office of Dr. Mark Hornfeld. Visit our website to learn more about our practice and services, or call (646) 350-3391 to schedule an appointment.