All diabetics, regardless of age, should have regular eye examinations and monitor their blood sugar level to prevent a number of complications such as cataracts or increased optic nerve damage in the case of glaucoma. There may also be a weakening of the retinal blood vessels (diabetic retinopathy) causing them to leak leading to reduced nourishment of the retina or scarring resulting in cloudy or even loss of vision if left untreated.

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