Because diabetics are at a greater risk for eye disease, you should be aware of common eye disease signs and speak with a professional if you begin experiencing:
By the time you notice the symptoms of an eye disease, it may be too late to fully regain your vision and/or eliminate the condition. The best way to detect these diseases early is scheduling regular eye examinations.
With a prompt diagnosis, many symptoms are partially or completely reversible.
Diabetics are particularly at risk for retinopathy, a condition where irregular blood sugar deteriorates blood vessels connected to the retina. As blood vessels are compromised, they may begin to swell, leak and display alternative abnormalities that may harm the retina.
Leaky vessels may lead to vitreous hemorrhaging, where blood and other fluids fill the pocket between the lens and retina. The blockage can cause reduced or lost sight. Another possible cause of vision loss is retinal tears, which occur as fluid buildup pushes the retina to detach from the eye.
Retinopathy can be serious, but it is preventable with regular diabetic eye examinations.
When you have diabetes, it can be difficult for blood to reach the tiny vessels in your extremities. As a result, diabetics have an increased risk of developing eye conditions. At Eye Care Centre, we are prepared to detect these problems early and possibly avoid them entirely.
If left untreated, glaucoma, retinopathy, cataracts and other conditions common in diabetics may cause permanent partial or complete blindness.
If you’re diabetic, inform your Eye Care Centre Optometrists, so he or she can make notes of your risks. Sight is as wonderful as it is important, so take your eye health seriously with periodic eye health exams. Regular checkups can detect eye diseases early and help you prevent them in the first place. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!