Ocular manifestations of diabetes mellitus

Optom Clin. 1992;2(2):93-116.


Diabetes mellitus afflicts approximately 14 to 15 million Americans and is a leading cause of new blindness in the United States. Since eye disease represents an end-organ response to a generalized medical condition, all structures of the eye are susceptible. Furthermore, diabetes produces multiple effects on visual function and visual acuity that require specific clinical consideration. This paper offers a review of some of the key ocular manifestations of diabetes mellitus.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / diagnosis
  • Corneal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • Diabetic Retinopathy / diagnosis
  • Eye Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Eye Diseases / therapy
  • Glaucoma / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Macular Edema / diagnosis
  • Refractive Errors / diagnosis