Diabetes and Your Eye Health

Submitted by Clavenna Vision Institute on May 23, 2014

Patient having a yearly eye examNovember is National Diabetes Awareness month. If you have diabetes, regular yearly visits to your ophthalmologist for eye exams are important, so your eye doctor can monitor the health of your eyes. High blood sugar (glucose) levels increase the risk of developing eye conditions related to diabetes. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults between the ages of 20 and 74.

Diabetic eye disorders can develop slowly, with no symptoms to warn you of your condition. For instance, high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes may cause the lens of the eye to swell, which can impair your vision. In order to alleviate this, you need to get your blood sugar back into the target range. If you have diabetes, it is extremely important to control your blood sugar and blood pressure.

Blurred vision can also be a symptom of a more serious eye malady related to diabetes. Diabetics have an increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

The best way to detect any vision issues at an early stage is by having a dilated eye exam every year. Our doctors look at both the front and back structures of the eye through your dilated pupils during a comprehensive eye examination. If changes in the health of your eyes are noted, additional testing may be required.

To schedule your yearly eye exam, or if you notice any problems with your eyes, contact Clavenna Vision Institute to make an appointment by calling (248) 646-3733 now.