Did you know that diabetes is also a disorder of the eye? It’s true. In addition diabetic eyes also known as diabetic retinopathy often has no early warning signs. Don’t wait for symptoms. Reduce your risk with Claris Eye Care & Surgery. Be sure to come into Claris to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
Diabetes, (which is a disorder of metabolism), results in excessively high levels of glucose in the blood. Most frequently the very earliest sign of diabetes is actually reflected by a change in vision that is caused by the elevated blood sugar affecting your metabolism which is called diabetic eyes. Fortunately, this is a completely treatable condition, IF you come into Claris for an eye exam! Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.
All people with diabetes-type 1 and type 2 are at risk. Between 40 to 45% of Americans diagnosed with diabetes have some stage of diabetic retinopathy. If you have diabetic retinopathy or diabetic eyes, you can rest assured that you are in good hands with Claris Eye Care & Surgery. We can recommend treatment to help prevent its progression.
Diabetes And Your Eyes
Diabetes is a condition that can lead to multiple problems throughout the body and the eyes in particular. The eye, and specifically the retina, is at significant risk for problems when you have diabetes.
The retina of your eye is the lining at the back of the eye. Your retinas have tiny blood vessels that are easily broken by high blood glucose. When these tiny blood vessels break, blood leaks into the eye, which prevents light from reaching the retina, causing floating spots or nearly total darkness. Too much glucose (sugar) in the blood over long periods of time can result in what is commonly referred to as diabetic retinopathy or diabetic eyes. In addition to retinopathy, diabetics are at greater risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, and at an even earlier age.
When it comes to diabetes and your eyes, more serious conditions may develop over time.
If you have diabetes you are at higher risk for eye conditions like cataracts, double vision, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy or diabetic eyes. It is not commonly known however, that even diabetics with well-managed blood glucose can have slight eye damage over time due to small variations in blood sugar levels. That is why we strongly suggest that you have your eyes checked annually by an ophthalmologist.
The best way to manage any potential complications of the eyes from diabetes is by controlling blood glucose levels through diet, medication, and exercise as well as maintaining control of your blood pressure.