The eyes can often tell a story about your full body health, using today’s ocular technology to examine blood vessels and other systems that will indicate disease. Not only do regularly scheduled eye exams ensure proactive visual health, they aid in the discovery and management of conditions such as diabetes.
Those with diabetes are at a greater risk of certain eye diseases due to the effects that diabetes has on blood sugar levels. Increased levels of glucose in the blood can damage blood vessels, causing blood vessels in the eyes to leak, obstructing the macula, and potentially causing permanent vision loss. This particular disease is called diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetes also increases the risk of a variety of other eye problems. Including:
The best way to manage eye health in conjunction with diabetes is with regular diabetic eye exams. Our optometrists use our advanced technology to thoroughly examine the inner and outer workings of your eyes; carefully monitoring them for any signs of illness or disease. We may use eye drops to dilate your pupil, thus giving us a better view of the inner structure of your eye.
Our goal is to identify any negative effects of diabetes on your visual health before serious or permanent damage has occurred.
It is important to be conscious of any changes in vision that could indicate the onset of ocular disease. If you experience any of the following symptoms, schedule an eye examination with an optometrist:
The effects of diabetes are far-reaching and require ongoing medical surveillance. Persons diagnosed with diabetes should be aware of the following associated risks:
Communicating with eye doctors is a great way to help manage the negative effects that diabetes can have on your visual well-being. Consistent eye examinations allow for increased transparency of your body’s health and provide a proactive approach to preventing other diseases associated with diabetes.
At Urban Optique, we develop eye health strategies that will increase the likelihood of sustained visual health for patients suffering from diabetes.
Diabetes can be the stimulus for a variety of eye diseases, but there are reliable procedures that our optometry clinic can perform or recommend to correct visual impairment. Most importantly, early diagnosis is the best way to manage conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma.
Modern ocular technologies allow for secure procedures, such as laser eye surgery (photocoagulation) or a vitrectomy, to halt damage done by diabetic related eye diseases. Consult a professional optometrist for best solutions for your own health.