If You Have Diabetes, It’s Time for an Eye Exam
Diabetes is a common concern many Americans share. This systemic disease can change several aspects of your life and increase the risk of various health complications. Some of these issues can also affect your eye health, putting your vision at risk.
If you have diabetes, it’s time to find help managing your eye health. Our eye exam processes dive deep into the structures that supply your vision, their health, and the ways diabetes can affect them.
It’s never too late to take control of your eye health. Get in touch with us to book your next appointment.
How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes
Regular eye exams are essential for detecting the early signs of eye diseases, including those related to diabetes.
Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body manages and processes sugar in your bloodstream. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, your body may affect or limit the amount of insulin you have—a hormone your blood cells use to access sugar in your bloodstream.
Over time, diabetes can increase your blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can increase the risk of several health conditions, including some that affect your eyes. As high blood sugar damages your retina’s blood vessels, your risk of developing a range of eye diseases and conditions increases.
You can find help managing diabetes by following your physician’s advice. However, if diabetes affects your vision, our team can develop strategies to help preserve your eyesight.
Common Diabetes-Related Diseases & Conditions
Examining your eyes is the first step we take to detect any issues that may be affecting your eye health. We use an array of high-powered, advanced technology to get a clear view of the structures in your eye, like the retina, macula, optic nerve, and beyond.
Some of the technology we use include:
From the information we gather from your exam, we can help you manage your eye health with strategies catered to your needs. In some cases, you can lower your risk of developing an eye disease by managing your blood sugar levels.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common diseases related to diabetes.
This disease damages blood vessels in your retina, causing them to bulge, break, and leak fluid. Over time, the fluids can lead to vision loss.
Most people develop an early version of the disease known as non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy. However, it can progress to proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which can increase your risk of having retinal detachment and sudden vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema
When fluid leaks into your retina due to damaged blood vessels, it can build up in other areas of your eye, like under your macula.
This disease, known as diabetic macular edema, can progress from diabetic retinopathy, and it affects the quality and clarity of your central vision. Over time, you can develop difficulties reading, writing, driving, or even recognizing faces.
Open-Angle & Neovascular Glaucoma
Your optic nerve is responsible for transmitting the information your retina receives to the brain, providing you with sight. Over time, the pressure inside your eye known as high intraocular pressure (IOP) can damage your optic nerve, leading to vision loss.
Diabetes can double your risk of developing open-angle glaucoma and is a common factor in the development of neurovascular glaucoma. Please visit our Glaucoma page for more information about these diseases.
Cataracts are a common eye condition that develops as you age. However, diabetes can increase the risk of developing cataracts earlier in life.
Visit our Laser Cataract Surgery page to see how this procedure can help you find the vision you deserve.
Get Help Managing Your Eye Health
The help you need to preserve your vision awaits you at Lake Eye Associates. Our team of compassionate eye care professionals is ready to help you find and maintain the clarity you deserve. All you have to do is book an appointment with us today.
We are a proud partner with US Eye, a group that provides patient-first, sophisticated,
unrivaled care in ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, and more.
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