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Diabetes can have many effects on the eyes, and indeed an eye examination may be the point at which diabetes is discovered, but the main risk to sight is the development of diabetic retinopathy. When blood sugar levels rise the "cement" that keeps the cells of the blood vessels together can deteriorate, and blood can leak. When this happens at the back of the eye the vision can be effected. Usually this process happens slowly and there is treatment available, so regular attendance for diabetic eye screening appointments (usually having a photograph of the back of the eye taken at your local hospital or clinic, which is then assesssed for signs of diabetic retinopathy) and attendance for your annual eye examination is very important. Keeping good control of your blood sugar level is very important in reducing these effects.