Diabetes and Your Eyes

Being that November is National Diabetes Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day it is important to understand the impact Diabetes has on your eyes. That is because diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people between the ages of 20 and 74.

Diabetes can cause problems in the retina of the eye. Once high blood sugar damages blood vessels in the retina, they can leak fluid or bleed. This causes the retina to swell and form deposits. This can lead to blurred vision. New glasses may not be necessary.

To correct this type of issue you will want to get your blood sugar back into target range. Once you get your levels controlled, it could take some time before you get your complete vision back.

Unfortunately all people with diabetes–both type 1 and type 2–are at risk. That’s why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year or possibly more often. Timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care can make all the difference in the world in being able to see or not.

Hopefully, in the near future we can end Diabetes for good!

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