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Preventative Eye Care for People With Diabetes

Diabetes poses a significant sight risk to millions of Americans. If you have diabetes, you should take extra precautions to preserve your vision and ocular health.

Having diabetes raises your risk for ocular conditions and diseases like cataracts and glaucoma. It can also lead to diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. Many diabetic eye diseases don’t show symptoms until they significantly threaten vision, so patients with diabetes should rely on eye exams to detect these conditions as quickly as possible.

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What Eye Diseases Are Linked to Diabetes?

High blood sugar can damage the blood vessels connected to your retina, causing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy can cause irreversible vision loss and is the most common cause of vision loss for people with diabetes.

Severe, untreated diabetic retinopathy can cause swelling in the macula, which controls central vision. This condition, called diabetic macular edema, can permanently affect those tasks that depend on central vision—such as driving, reading, and facial recognition.

Glaucoma is a type of disease that occurs when the optic nerve is damaged, usually by high pressure inside the eye. Adults with diabetes have twice as much risk for open-angle glaucoma as those without it.

Other types of glaucoma include angle-closure, secondary, and congenital (childhood). The majority of glaucoma cases show no obvious symptoms before causing permanent vision loss and can lead to blindness if left unmanaged.

Cataracts form when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, gradually impairing vision. Cataracts commonly appear as people age but are more likely to develop earlier in life for people with diabetes.

Cataract surgery can successfully remove cataracts in many cases. During cataract surgery, the lens with cataracts is typically replaced with an artificial one to restore clear vision.

How Often Should People With Diabetes Have Eye Exams?

We recommend yearly eye exams for our patients with diabetes to detect early warning signs of diabetic eye diseases and other related issues. The sooner we diagnose these problems, the better our odds of treating them or controlling their effects will be.

In some cases, an eye exam can also detect diabetes in people who haven’t yet been diagnosed with it. We suggest regular comprehensive eye exams for everyone to promote strong, stable vision and ocular health.

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