Recent studies have shown that you can have treatable damage to your eyes, that can progress – even if you have no visual symptoms of diabetic eye disease. Only your eye doctor can determine if you need treatment.
How does diabetes affect my eyes?
Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels that supply the retina. These damaged blood vessels may leak, swell or bleed causing problems with your vision.
How can I keep my eyes healthy?
Annual eye exams are important, because left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can worsen, and lead to blindness. Patients with uncontrolled blood sugar are at a higher risk for problems, but even patients who control their diabetes can develop issues.
Are there warning signs of diabetic eye disease?
Whether you are diabetic or not, if you notice any changes to your vision, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. If you notice a change in prescription, cloudiness, blind spots and increased floaters in your vision, you should see your eye doctor.
Will controlling my blood sugar help my vision?
Yes. Swings in your blood sugar readings can cause changes to your vision. High blood sugar can cause swelling in the eye, which can affect your vision. If your blood sugar fluctuates, your vision will fluctuate too, and you may find that your glasses don’t work effectively.
Is there a way to treat diabetic retinopathy?
There are different options for treating diabetic retinopathy. Dr. Scott can discuss which options are best for you. We offer in-office laser treatments which target the damaged vessels. The application of the laser helps to seal off leaky blood vessels and reduce swelling.
The Bottom Line…
Diabetics have special needs when it comes to taking care of their eyesight. Annual vision exams are a must to maintain quality vision. Diabetics are also at a higher risk for other eye conditions. Patients with diabetes are more likely to develop early onset cataracts and glaucoma.
Don’t wait until you notice vision changes to have an eye exam. Partner with a trusted ophthalmologist like Dr. Scott to make sure that your eyes stay healthy and that your vision is protected from diabetic eye disease.