Special Concerns for Diabetic Patients
- Posted on: Aug 1 2012
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are over 25 million Americans living with diabetes today. And, while we typically associate the condition simply with high levels of blood sugar, the problems don’t just end there. Diabetes can have far-reaching systemic effects as well. These include high blood pressure, heart disease and for the purposes of this blog, a serious impact on your eye health.
So, what can diabetes mean for your eyes? The fact is, patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing certain serious eye conditions.
- Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition caused by blood vessel changes within the retina that lead to swelling and leaking of fluid. It can also cause growth of abnormal new blood vessels on the surface of the retina. A progressive condition, diabetic retinopathy can eventually cause severe vision loss and even blindness.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a condition where the optic nerve becomes damaged as a result of increased pressure in the eye – it’s also the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the United States. Glaucoma treatments vary and will often include eye drops, medication, laser treatments and/or surgery.
- Cataracts: While cataracts are typically associated with the aging process, those with diabetes are also at higher risk. The condition is characterized by a clouding of the eye lens and an ultimate reduction in vision. Thankfully, this serious condition is also a treatable one. The most effective treatment is usually cataract surgery. During the procedure, your natural lens is replaced with a clear artificial one called an intraocular lens (IOL).
The Importance of Diabetic Eye Exams
The American Diabetes Association also offers some eye care tips for those living with diabetes. Beyond the need to manage blood sugar, keep blood sugar in check, etc., the ADA also points out another crucial tip: “See your eye care professional at least once a year for a dilated eye exam,” the ADA article suggests. “Having your regular doctor look at your eyes is not enough.”
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam today.
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