Life With Diabetes
If you have diabetes type 1 or 2, it may come as no surprise that this disease affects your whole body, even your eyes.
If your blood sugar levels are high, it can wreak havoc on your system, including the small and delicate blood vessels in your eyes.
Because the health of your eyes can change quickly, it’s critical that you keep up with the eye exam schedule your optometrist has created for you.
Your Diabetic Eye Exam
At your diabetic eye exam, your optometrist will perform extra tests to check your eye health and track any changes in your vision.
Your optometrist will examine the images of your eyes for any signs that your diabetes is affecting your vision. If further treatment is needed, we will discuss it with you at your exam and help you find healthy ways to manage your vision and ocular health.
Sugar & Your Blood Vessels
Everyone’s blood sugar levels fluctuate, but people who have diabetes may experience more extreme fluctuations than those without. If you have trouble managing your blood sugar levels, the extra pressure could harm the sensitive blood vessels in your eyes. The fluctuation in your blood sugar levels can cause you to be at a higher risk for some eye diseases, like diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Elevated blood sugar levels could cause diabetic retinopathy, which is when high blood sugar levels prevent blood from flowing into your eyes, causing damage to the vessels. Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common diabetic eye diseases.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy:
- Blurry vision
- Sudden onset or increase of floaters
- Vision that changes
- Dark or empty areas in your sight
If you have diabetes, you may also be at a higher risk of glaucoma, which begins by first affecting your outermost vision. Often, people don’t notice the signs and symptoms of glaucoma because it starts in the peripherals, but as it moves inward, it can affect your sight. Glaucoma is irreversible, but it can be managed.
Many people who live long develop cataracts, but people with diabetes are at risk of developing cataracts at a younger age. A cataract affects the crystalline lens of your eye, causing it to look cloudy and create a haze over your vision. Cataracts can be corrected with higher prescriptions, but eventually, you may require cataract surgery.
Diabetic Eye Exams
The best way to preserve your vision and monitor for early signs and symptoms of diabetic eye disease is with a diabetic eye exam. Our professional optometrists will assess your vision and eye health at every exam.
Come in and have your eyes checked today to help protect your vision.
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