Long-Term Damage, EYES : High blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to the retina, a critical part of the eye. This is known as diabetic retinopathy, and it can cause progressive, irreversible vision loss. It is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people between the ages of 20 and 74. Pools of blood, or hemorrhages, on the retina of an eye are visible in this image. SO PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR BLOOD SUGAR :(
Check out the difference between a normal eye and an eye with diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among people 20–64 years of age in the U.S. Diabetes can lead to microaneurysms, hemorrhages, and exudates (yellow plaques) which are demonstrated on the left side of the photo. These photos are a good reminder of the importance of yearly exams as many systemic diseases are discovered during routine check-ups.