Diabetic Retinopathy, the most common form of Diabetic Eye Disease, is the leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in working-age adults. Often happening without warning, diabetic eye disease can feel like it comes out of nowhere, and we, at Eye Center, Inc., want to ensure our patients are well educated on the topic.
Diabetes affects the blood vessels in our body and can damage the small blood vessels in the back of our eyes. Fortunately, the blood vessels in our eyes are visible with a routine dilated eye exam. If you have Diabetes, you should be getting a dilated eye examination every year.
Below is an example of how your eye doctor can detect diabetic retinopathy in your eyes:
There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of Diabetic Retinopathy, but symptoms can include:
- Blurred vision or a sudden change in vision
- Double vision
- If left untreated, severe vision loss can occur
You can reduce your risk of Diabetic Retinopathy by:
- Keeping your blood sugar under control.
- Monitoring your blood pressure.
- Maintaining a healthy diet.
- Exercising regularly.
- Getting an eye exam at least once a year.
At Eye Center, Inc, we care about you and your vision, so please schedule your Diabetic Eye Exam today. If you have a family member with Diabetes, consider asking them when their last Comprehensive Eye Exam was, and encourage them to schedule one soon.