Everyone living with diabetes, whether type 1 or type 2, is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. The risk increases the longer a person has diabetes and the more advanced it is. However, there are ways of reducing your risk so that you’re less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.

While this section provides tips for reducing your risk, it’s important to know that even if you’re doing everything right, you are still at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.

But by following these tips, you’ll help reduce your risk and increase your chances of early detection. If you already have diabetic retinopathy, these tips can minimize the disease’s progression and future vision loss.

Detecting diabetic retinopathy early will help your health care team assess, monitor and treat the condition.

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