How to Prevent Eye Problems Related to Diabetes
It’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s time to start making plans with family and friends, and prepare to take advantage of all the great Black Friday deals.
November is also National Diabetes Awareness Month, which was established to promote the awareness of diabetes by educating the public, as well as provide support for those impacted by the disease. Managing diabetes can be a challenge, and relies primarily on maintaining the blood sugar levels as recommended by the patient’s doctor. Eating healthy, well-balanced meals, avoiding sugary drinks, regular exercise, and making sure you’re taking your medication properly are just some of the ways you can ensure your diabetes is controlled.
Another way to regulate your diabetes is to visit your optometrist for routine eye exams. Diabetes can cause a number of eye problems and complications that, if left untreated, could result in serious vision impairment and potential blindness. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States.
A few of these diabetes-related eye conditions include:
- Diabetic retinopathy – A disorder of the retina which results in bleeding and fluids leaking into the retina due to the build-up of sugar in the bloodstream.
- Macular edema – A type of retinopathy in which fluid leaks into the macula (the part of the eye that is responsible for focusing vision) and causes swelling. This condition can result in complete vision loss if left untreated.
- Glaucoma – A condition that results from pressure build-up in the eye that causes damage to the retina and optic nerve.
- Cataracts – A condition that occurs from the clouding of the eye’s lens.
Regular eye exams have also been known to detect early signs of diabetes in patients who have not yet been diagnosed, allowing them to get treatment sooner. The longer someone has diabetes, the more likely they are to develop complications like vision loss in the future. But, if diagnosed quickly, diabetes treatments can be successful and potentially reverse some cases of vision loss.
The best way to stay on top of your vision health is to make sure to schedule routine eye exams with an eye care professional who will be able to diagnose any eye condition and get you the treatment you need as soon as possible. Eye Express provides eye exams to area residents at all 12 of our locations. Appointments are available, so call or come by!
The Eye Express team wishes you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!