Complications From Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision
Diabetes occurs when your body has difficulties regulating the glucose (sugar) in your blood. If you have diabetes, know that you’re not alone. This condition affects many Americans, and most can live their everyday lives healthily and safely.
You may not be aware that complications from this disease can impact your vision. To protect your eyesight, we recommend annual dilated eye exams for our patients with diabetes. It’s important to stay proactive to ensure optimal visual health!
Griffin Optometric Group – Talega is here to answer any questions about your eye health and diabetes. Please contact us to book your diabetic eye exam today.
Visual Complications From Diabetes
When blood glucose levels are high, one of the indicators can be blurred vision. Adjusting insulin levels works to correct this issue temporarily, but if blood sugar levels remain high for an extended period, it can lead to diabetic eye diseases.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye condition linked to diabetes. High blood sugar levels for extended periods cause damage to your eyes’ blood vessels. This damage then causes the vessels to bulge and leak.
In more advanced cases of this condition, the retina attempts to grow new (abnormal) blood vessels to compensate for the lost fluid. These new vessels break easily, creating scar tissue and causing floaters in your vision.
At the beginning stages, there may be no symptoms or only temporary instances of blurry vision. As diabetic retinopathy progresses, it severely impacts your retina and can result in vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)
The macula is located at the center of your retina, and its main purpose is to provide clear, sharp details at the center of your vision.
Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a complication of diabetic retinopathy. Repeated damage to the retina’s tiny blood vessels can result in a fluid buildup under the macula. This buildup can swell the macula, leading to vision loss.
Your Vision Needs Proactive Care
Proactive vision care is a powerful tool to help slow the effects diabetes could have on your vision. Our optometrists recommend one dilated eye exam per year to our patients with diabetes. Working together, we’ll help ensure your eyesight stays clear and bright for many years to come.
Compassionate care is just a call away. Book your diabetic eye exam today.