Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for vision threatening eye damage? Diabetes is the main cause of blindness in adults under 75 years old according to the National Institute of Health. One of the most serious complications of diabetes is when the retina is damaged by increased pressure in the blood vessels of the eye. This is called diabetic retinopathy. This condition is one of the most incapacitating complications of the disease and it has affected over 3.7 million people in America since 2002.
In its early stages, this condition is often asymptomatic. When the pressure in the blood vessels in the retina increases they start to leak resulting in retinal damage. This damage leads to vision loss and when not treated, blindness.
If you are diabetic and you notice any sort of vision problems, such as fluctuations in eyesight, floaters, double vision, shadows or spots or any pain in your eye make sure to see an optometrist. Diabetics are also at increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma due to the strain it causes on the eyes.
The risk of diabetic eye disease is higher when the disease is uncontrolled. Controlling your sugar levels through diet, exercise and staying healthy and annual eye exams is the best defense for preventing vision loss.
This month, spread awareness of the risks of diabetic retinopathy and consult with your eye doctor to discuss questions or concerns. In this case, ignorance could cost you your vision