Did you know that if you have diabetes you are at an increased risk for certain eye conditions, even conditions that can lead to total vision loss? It is important for diabetics to know their risks and how to prevent and treat these associated eye conditions. Our Bulls Head optometrist and the rest of the staff at Focus Vision Care like to keep our diabetic patients informed about these eye related issues. One condition that is prevalent in people with diabetes is what is known as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by uncontrolled diabetes. If your blood sugar is too high, it can damage the small blood vessels that are responsible for nourishing the crucial part of your eye called the retina. Eventually, the sugar can block the blood vessels completely which results in vision loss. It can also lead to a leaking of the blood vessels, blurring your vision, and sometimes causing your retina to detach from the back wall of the eye. An increase in your blood sugar levels can also cause the lenses of your eyes to swell up and blur your vision.
Sometimes, diabetic retinopathy does not present any outward symptoms for patients to recognize as it is first developing, but some symptoms that can occur later on include: spotty vision, blurry vision, vision that fluctuates, vision loss, and difficulty with your depth perception. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should visit our Bulls Head optometrist right away so that we can evaluate them and confirm a diagnosis. We diagnose diabetic retinopathy by using a dilated eye exam in order to assess the blood cells of the retina for any abnormalities. If it is confirmed that you do in fact have diabetic retinopathy, we can then recommend treatment by various laser therapies or surgical methods.
Would you like to learn more about your eye health and the various related services provided by out Bulls Head optometrist? If so, we recommend that you visit the Focus Vision Care website for additional information. Feel free to browse through and reach out to us with any questions or comments that you might have. We hope to see you soon at Focus Vision Care.