Diabetic Retinopathy

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Diabetic Retinopathy

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The Day I Was Told I Was Going Blind From Diabetic Retinopathy

I’ve always believed in preventative health care. And as a person with Type 1 diabetes, every year I would see my ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam. After each visit, I typically felt giddy and celebratory, always leaving the office with a good report; “Nothing to see here... see you next year.” Even though I would normally receive good news, I always dreaded these check ups, as going blind from diabetes retinopathy is my biggest nemesis, my biggest fear and a potential turning point in my life that I always believed I couldn’t handle. So every morning for about two weeks out from these annual visits, I would wake up with a feeling of dread and fear of having to stare down that…

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