Eye Health and Diabetes
If you or a loved one is affected by Diabetes, it is very important to follow up not only with your primary care physician but your eye doctor as well. Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. Too much glucose in the blood long term can cause damage to many body parts, including small blood vessels in the eyes. When you see your eye doctor one thing he/she will be looking for is something called Diabetic Retinopathy. This is when blood vessels in the eye’s retina (the light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye) swell, leak or close off completely — or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. But remember, sometimes your vision can change or become blurry even though you do not have retinopathy. This could be caused by unstable blood sugar levels, once the blood sugar is stabilized your vision will return back to normal.The Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that about 90 percent of diabetes-related vision loss can be prevented, but early detection is key. So remember, it is very important to make yearly appointments with your eye doctor in addition to your primary care physician.