Eye Diseases Caused by Diabetes
Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of developing eye diseases that can lead to vision loss. Regular visits to your eye doctor for exams are important to prevent and treat eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in American adults.
When a person who is diabetic has high blood sugar, it can cause the lens of the eye to swell, which changes the person’s vision quality. To prevent or slow the development of eye disease, the patient should receive proper eye care and work to control:
- Blood sugar
- Blood pressure
It may take as long as three months after these issues are controlled to restore normal vision. Having regular eye exams can help detect early warning signs and prevent permanent vision loss. Center for Sight offers the highest quality eye care for patients with diabetes.
Some eye diseases only occur in diabetic patients. These conditions result from damage to the tiny blood vessels within the eye. Raised blood sugars cause blood to pool within the blood vessels, which leads to worsening problems over time. There are a variety of conditions that can result from this vessel damage. We suggest you speak with a doctor to learn more about the risk diabetes puts on your eyes.
Causes for Concern
Patients with diabetes should have a routine dilated eye exam every year. If you have diabetes and are experiencing vision changes, you should schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please seek medical attention, immediately:
- Blurred vision
- Black spots or floaters
- Light flashes
- Partial or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes
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