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When was the last time you saw your eye doctor? Do you have diabetes? Do you have glasses? Do you have glaucoma?

These are some common questions you may be asked at a health care encounter. Your doctor isn’t asking questions for no reason. Diabetic retinopathy — a diabetes complication that affects the eyes — is the most common cause of blindness in the U.S., affecting more than half of the some 24 million people living with diabetes who are over the age of 18. Worldwide the most common cause of blindness is cataracts, which is a clouding of the lenses in your eyes.

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