Diabetes is leading cause of blindness, but new therapy could stop eye damage

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POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 10:04am

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. It is something that can oftentimes be diagnosed during an eye exam as an eye doctor sees cholesterol build-ups and abnormal blood vessels inside the eye.

Rogelio Gonzalez, of Lake Charles, never thought he had a problem with his vision or health until a routine eye exam nine years ago. "When they came in and checked my eyes, they discovered that I had diabetes," he said.

When it came to Gonzalez's vision, some of the damage to his eyes had already been done - something ophthalmologist Alan Lacoste sees daily in diabetics at The Eye Clinic.

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