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Symptoms of Eye Disease

Remember, your eyes can become damaged without your knowing it, as the damage can occur in areas that do not affect vision and you often feel no pain. Only careful eye examinations at regular intervals will detect the damage. If you have type 1 diabetes, it’s a good idea to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor expert in diabetes care at least once a year. If you have type 2 diabetes, your eyes should be examined when your diabetes is diagnosed and at least once a year afterward. Under certain circumstances, you may need immediate attention. Call your eye doctor’s office if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • sudden loss of vision.
  • severe eye pain.
  • the sensation that a curtain is coming down over your eyes.
  • black or red floating spots in your vision.
  • distortion or waviness of straight lines.

Your eye doctor will want to see you right away.

Page last updated: April 17, 2014