Transition lenses have produced a paper identifying the effects of sunlight exposure and diabetes on the eye. The paper explains that people with diabetes are more vulnerable to damage associated with UV exposure, making it especially important for Diabetic patients to wear sunglasses to protect their eyes.
This paper also revealed that diabetic patients have an increased risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration. These conditions are also thought to increase in incidence with increased UV exposure.
The moral of the story is for people with diabetes and the population as a whole to wear protective eyewear while outside or exposed to UV light. When you can get a trendy pair of Prescription sunglasses from $130 why wouldn't you?
Adapted from Australian Optometry March 2009