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Annual eye checkup essential for diabetic patients

Annual checkup is considered a necessity for diabetics to prevent eye disorders, the director of the eye disease research center says.

Diabetics are also recommended to keep their blood sugar normal, Marzieh Katibeh told ISNA news agency in an interview published on Tuesday.

Katibeh said a poor control of blood sugar is a risk-factor which may cause eye disorders.

Glaucoma and other eye diseases are known as disorders that may involve retinal blood vessels before diabetes’ main symptoms are observed, she explained.

She added eye diseases cause internal eye bleeding and the vessels lose their normal shape, leading to irreversible visual loss.

Katibeh went on to say that those with positive family history of glaucoma or diabetic eye disorder should have yearly eye checkups.

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