What Is Diabetes And Does Diabetes Affect The Eyes?
What is Diabetic Retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the eyes as a result of diabetes. The key characteristic is leakage of blood from tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye. This happens as a result of the weakening and swelling of the blood vessels. Undiagnosed and untreated diabetic retinopathy is very serious as it can result in vision loss and even blindness.
Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms
- Changes in vision (both near and far distances)
- Double vision
- Loss of vision
- Flashing Lights
- Blurred vision
If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you are not a diabetic you should seek immediate medical attention.
What Should I Do If I’m A Diabetic?
For Diabetics, the best thing they can do is be proactive and have their vision and health of their eyes checked annually. An optometrist will evaluate and monitor your eye health for any problems related to diabetes. Along with regular eye exams, diabetics should also follow any recommendations from their doctor to help manage their disease. This often includes changes in diet, exercise and taking medications.
At the Glenmore Landing Vision Center, we want all patients to maintain their health. Prevention is key. That is why it’s important to have routine eye exams. If you are in need of an eye exam, conveniently book your next appointment online. Or call (403)255-2826 during regular business hours to book your next appointment.