Diabetes Presents a Risk to Your Eyes & Vision
Insulin is necessary for breaking down blood glucose to create energy for the body. For those with diabetes, their bodies either don’t produce insulin or don’t use insulin, creating a build-up of glucose in the blood, causing serious health complications.
Our eyes are fragile, complicated machines. They’re fed by many delicate blood vessels that are especially sensitive to diabetes. These tiny blood vessels can become easily blocked and damaged by high blood sugar levels and lead to diabetic eye diseases.
How Diabetes Affects the Eyes
High blood sugar can cause damage to your eyes and changes to your vision. Temporary high blood sugar can lead to blurred vision caused by the swelling of your eye tissue. This blurred vision will resolve when your blood sugar levels return to normal.
During nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy, early retinopathy, the eye’s blood vessels weaken, bulge, and leak into the retina.
As the disease progresses, it becomes proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Some blood vessels become blocked during this stage, cutting off blood supply to the retina, causing the eye to grow new, abnormal blood vessels to compensate. These abnormal blood vessels can cause serious complications, including vision loss.
Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Disease
We have invested in advanced technology to better diagnose and treat eye diseases at any stage. The following diagnostic equipment allows us to detect even the smallest signs of diabetic eye disease accurately.
Digital Retinal Imaging
Optical Coherence Tomography
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive piece of technology that takes detailed cross-section images of the retinal layers. It functions much like ultrasound, except that it uses light instead of sound.
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Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease
The best way to prevent vision loss or blindness associated with diabetes is to manage your diabetes and follow your ABCDEs. The second best way to avoid eye complications is to undergo annual eye exams.
In some cases, comprehensive eye exams can also detect undiagnosed type 1 or 2 diabetes.
If you have diabetes or have a family history of diabetes, please book a comprehensive eye exam with us today.