Total Vision Care for Patients with Diabetes
Diabetes is a national health concern affecting over 100 million Americans today (34 million with diabetes and 88 million with prediabetes). While diabetes is known to affect your overall health, it can also lead to eye complications that could affect or even damage your vision.
We can detect these complications in their early stages with the help of our selection of advanced technology during an eye exam. Our team can then help you manage these issues and possibly preserve your vision.
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How Diabetes Affects Your Eye Health
Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body produces insulin and processes blood sugar. The disease can then lead to high blood sugar levels, which, in turn, can cause health issues with your heart, teeth, and eyes.
High blood sugar can damage various blood vessels in your eyes, increasing your chance of developing several eye diseases. You could experience blurry vision when you have high blood sugar, but you may be able to manage this by injecting insulin regularly.
We recommend having an eye exam once a year if you have diabetes. During an eye exam, we observe your eye’s vascular system to look for signs of eye disease. In some cases, we may even be able to detect signs of diabetes before you experience symptoms.
Common Eye Issues Related to Diabetes
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that is directly related to diabetes. This disease can develop when high blood sugar damages your retina’s blood vessels, causing them to swell, break, and leak fluids into your retina.
- The development of scar tissue and risk of retinal detachment.
- Increased eye pressure and the risk of glaucoma.
Fluids leaking into your vitreous, causing floaters.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema can occur as a result of diabetic retinopathy. Fluids leaking into your retina from damaged blood vessels can eventually collect under your macula, a part of your retina you rely on for central vision. As the macula swells, it can impact the vision you need to read, drive, and recognize faces.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve. Diabetes can double your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma. Glaucoma is a common eye disease, but Dr. Taylor Bladh, O.D. is one of the 5% of optometrists in California licensed to treat it.
Learn more about glaucoma on our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page.
Cataracts are a common eye condition that can develop as a natural part of aging. Diabetes can increase your risk of developing them at a younger age. Cataracts are characterized by the eye’s clear, crystalline lens becoming more rigid and opaque. The opacification of the lens restricts the amount of light that enters your eyes and causes them to develop a hazy, milky look.
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