November 29, 2016
With Diabetes, Keep an Eye on Your Eyes
More than 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. Being diagnosed with diabetes and managing the condition can be a daunting journey. Many people face a change in lifestyle and daily habits along with the preventive care routine of medications and daily self-monitoring. Left unmanaged though, we know that diabetes can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes, leading to greater complications.
Blurry vision can actually be one of the first warning signs of diabetes. Blurred vision, floaters or double vision can signal diabetic eye disease (or diabetic retinopathy) which is caused by damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina). Severe and significant diabetic retinopathy can be present at the time of diagnosis, especially with adult onset diabetes. But often, the presence and severity of diabetic eye disease is related to the duration of diabetes.
For people with diabetes, it's all about early detection for eye-related issues as part of their preventative care routine and visiting your family eye doctor to have a dilated eye exam at least once a year is critical.
Wolfe Eye Clinic has vast experience in diagnosing and treating diabetic-related eye conditions. Contact us at 1-800-542-7956 to ask any diabetic eye care questions you may have.