Your Vision Needs Proactive Care
Diabetes is a health condition that affects a large number of Americans. This disease affects the way your body processes glucose (sugar) levels in the blood. If you have diabetes, you’re at a higher risk of developing health complications from high blood sugar levels, including issues with your vision.
Diabetic Eye Disease
Blurry vision is one of the first indications that your blood sugar levels may be too high. This symptom may be until your blood sugar level returns to normal. However, if your vision remains blurry for a prolonged period, it could indicate something more severe.
Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a variety of eye diseases. Many of these diseases have no warning signs in the early stages and can result in vision loss. The most common diabetic eye diseases include:
The retina is located at the back of your eye. Its primary purpose is to gather light focused through the lens and convert the light into neural messages. The brain translates these signals to interpret the images you see.
When blood sugar levels are high for too long, it can block your eyes’ blood vessels, causing them to bulge and leak. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy.
When this condition reaches an advanced stage, your eye may grow new, abnormal blood vessels to compensate for the blocked and broken vessels. This stage can result in severe vision problems, like retinal detachment.
Diabetic Macular Edema
The macula is the center of the retina. Its primary purpose is to provide the detailed central vision necessary for reading, driving, and seeing images in sharp detail. Diabetic macular edema occurs when fluid leaks into the retina, causing the macula to swell.
Macular swelling can lead to distortion in your central vision and vision loss. Treatments are available for diabetic macular edema if the condition is caught in the early stages and routinely monitored.
If you have concerns about your vision, contact us immediately.
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You can expect genuine care for your eyesight at Pack & Bianes Optometry Terra Nova. We provide our eye exams using state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and manage various eye conditions.
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