How Can Diabetes Affect the Eye?

Diabetes may be a medical condition related to your blood sugar, but it can also be destructive to your eyes and vision. If you have diabetes it can damage the blood vessels attaching your retina to your eyeball, a condition known as diabetic retinopathy. Other eye conditions and diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, and loss of vision are also linked to diabetes. If you do not have diabetes but are diagnosed with these related eye conditions you may be referred to a medical doctor for further testing. Often your ophthalmologist at South Bay Retina can detect early onset diabetes after providing you with a comprehensive eye exam.

How Do I Treat or Care for Diabetes Affected Eyes?

If you have diabetes you are already aware of the special meals and medications that are required for maintaining your health. But have you considered how you should take care of your vision when you have diabetes? If not, now is the time to start. Here at South Bay Retina, Dr. Narain recommends seeing an ophthalmologist for regularly scheduled eye exams. You will also need to get specialized eye exams for glaucoma and cataracts so to ensure your eyes aren’t being damaged due to diabetes. Furthermore, the way you take care of your body in regard to your diabetes will reflect in how your eyes are affected. For example, if you do not check your blood sugar and control it regularly this will cause damage to the blood vessels attached to your retina.

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