Diabetes and eye health
Unfortunately, diabetes can greatly impact upon the health of your eyes. Diabetics are at higher risk for eye conditions including cataracts and glaucoma, and are also susceptible to damage in the fine blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can cause serious damage to your eyes, including blindness. People who have had diabetes for a long time, who are pregnant or who have high blood pressure, high blood fats or high blood sugars are particularly at risk.
The good news is that with regular monitoring and early detection, the progression of diabetic retinopathy, as well as cataracts and glaucoma, can be slowed and possibly even prevented. If you've already started experiencing vision loss, please come see us immediately so we can help to prevent further deterioration.
Things you need to know:
- Generally, there are no early warning signs, which means that regular monitoring is especially important
- Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy might include blurry vision, dry eyes, sensitivity to light and double vision
- Having your eyes checked regularly. Our team of expert optometrists are experienced in the early detection of diabetic retinopathy. This means we can refer you to a medical doctor to commence treatment as soon as possible and prevent further problems
- Doing your best to control your blood sugar levels as well as your blood pressure
- Sticking to a low-fat diet
- Consulting regularly with your GP
If you'd like to book an eye check or find out more about diabetic retinopathy or how to ensure you are reducing the risk of diabetes related vision problems, please feel free to contact us.