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What Can Diabetes Mean for Your Vision?

According to the CDC, over 100 million Americans are living with either a diabetes or pre-diabetes diagnosis. While diabetes can affect many different aspects of your overall health, it can also lead to complications with your eye health; you may not be able to detect on your own.

To help protect your eyes, please have regular eye exams. Comprehensive eye exams can help detect a wide range of different eye diseases and conditions before your vision is permanently damaged.

Diabetes & The Risk of Eye Disease

Diabetes is a systemic condition that affects how your body processes sugar, or glucose, in your bloodstream. When you have diabetes, your blood sugar level can rise to a point where it can cause complications with your heart, teeth, and even your eyes.

Diabetes is related to a variety of eye diseases and conditions, including:

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common type of glaucoma people experience around the globe, and diabetes can nearly double your chances of developing the disease. Currently, about 2.7 million Americans are living with open-angle glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma develops when small blockages form in your eye’s drainage canal. These deposits then prevent intraocular fluids from leaving your eye, raising your intraocular eye pressure and possibly leading to permanent vision loss.

Cataracts can form due to excess blood sugar caused by diabetes. With cataracts, your eye’s crystalline lens becomes denser and clouds over, which can impair your vision. Glasses and contacts can help correct the vision problems caused by cataracts; however, cataract surgery is the only way to get rid of cataracts completely.

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases associated with diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar causes blockages in the blood vessels behind your retina. As a result, the blood vessels can bulge and leak. Your retina may even form abnormal and delicate blood vessels that could also damage your vision.

Diabetic macular edema forms when diabetic retinopathy isn’t addressed. When the blood vessels behind your retina bulge or leak, it can place pressure on your macula cells, possibly leading to permanent vision loss.

How We Detect Eye Problems Caused by Diabetes

Optos retinal imaging is an innovative tool used by optometrists to assess the health of your retinas. In less than half of a second, this non-invasive imaging system can capture highly detailed images of your retina, allowing your optometrist to detect signs of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema.

Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) is another type of imaging system that allows your optometrist to assess the health of your retinas. Think of an OCT scan like an ultrasound, but instead of using sound, the OCT uses light waves to capture cross-sectional images of your retina. It can help detect symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, open-angle glaucoma, diabetic macular edema, or age-related macular degeneration.

Diabetes Can Leave Your Eyes At Risk

Diabetes can lead to serious eye-health problems if it’s left unchecked. Make sure you’re getting the protection you deserve and book your next eye exam with us today.

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