Diabetes is a common disease that limits the body’s ability to produce or properly use insulin for maintaining blood sugar. The effects of diabetes can cause damage to many different parts of the body, but did you know they can also harm your eyes? Drastic blood sugar spikes can cause vision loss through retinal diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels in the retina swell, leak, close, or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. People with a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have poor blood sugar control or have had diabetes for a long time. Diabetes can also cause temporary or permanent blurred vision (cataracts), which may require surgery.
If you or a loved one has diabetes, know that vision loss is not a guarantee. In fact, about 90 percent of diabetes-related vision loss can be prevented if detected early. Follow these three tips to help keep your eyes healthy and vision clear:
- Visit an ophthalmologist for an annual eye exam.
- Carefully monitor and control blood sugar levels.
- Contact your ophthalmologist if you experience sudden blurred vision.
Is it time for your annual exam? The experts at Corrective Eye Center are here to help you see clearer and stay healthy. Contact us today at (216) 574-8900 to discuss your eye care needs, or schedule an exam online.