Learning About the Link Between Diabetes and Poor Eyesight

More than 10% of the population in the United States has diabetes, which puts them at risk for a number of complications that range from cardiovascular health problems to diabetic eye disease. 

At Beraja Medical Institute, our team of ophthalmologic experts understands the many eye health problems that can develop with diabetes — from diabetic retinopathy to glaucoma. Here’s a look at why diabetes can impact your eye health and how diabetic eye exams can help keep your eyesight healthy and protected.

Understanding diabetic eye disease

As we mentioned above, diabetes can lead to serious eye problems because of the systemic nature of this chronic illness. Diabetes affects how your body regulates the levels of glucose in your bloodstream. Given that there’s very little in your body that isn’t impacted by your blood circulation, you can see how complications from diabetes can affect you from head to toe.

When it comes to eye health for diabetics, there are two primary areas of concern:

Diabetic retinopathy

Unregulated levels of sugar in your bloodstream can damage the small blood vessels in your eyes, causing them to leak or swell. One in three people with diabetes over the age of 40 shows signs of diabetic retinopathy, making this one of your primary concerns if you have diabetes. This condition is one of the leading drivers of vision loss in the US.

Cataracts and glaucoma

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma and/or cataracts, which can lead to poor vision or loss of vision. Glaucoma occurs when fluid buildup in the front of your eye exerts pressure on your optic nerves, damaging them over time, whereas cataracts are an age-related condition that causes clouding in your eye lens.

Recognizing diabetic eye disease

One of the problems with diabetic eye diseases is that there are often no warning signs until the damage is in an advanced stage. That said, there is still plenty we can do once you do start showing symptoms of eye disease, which may include:

At the first signs of any of these issues, we urge you not to delay in seeing us, as there are steps we can take to slow the progression and preserve your eyesight.

Staying one step ahead of diabetic eye disease

Since early warning signs of diabetic eye disease aren’t obvious, the best way to safeguard your vision is through regular diabetic eye exams with us. Our team knows exactly what to look out for, and we can monitor your retinal health, intraocular eye pressure, and lenses for any signs of trouble. 

If we spot a potential problem, we can take early action to help you avoid irreversible damage and loss of vision.

To stay one step ahead of diabetic eye disease, schedule your diabetic eye exam at our Coral Gables, Florida, office today by calling 786-899-2516 or requesting an appointment online.

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