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Keeping Tabs on Your Diabetes

Unfortunately, diabetes is all too common. A lot of people aren’t aware of how just much it can affect patients. For example, diabetes increases the likelihood of developing quite a few eye-related diseases. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma, and also several other conditions that can effect your vision.

What is diabetic retinopathy? It occurs due to high blood glucose levels causing harm to the network of blood vessels in the retina. It can also lead to blindness in adults.

A pretty familiar result of aging, cataracts, which lead to a clouding of the eye’s lens, and subsequent vision impairment, often develop sooner in diabetes sufferers.

Your odds of developing glaucoma, another condition that can seriously deplete your vision, increase by fifty percent when you’ve got diabetes. This condition develops due to a build-up of pressure in the eye, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss.

All diabetes sufferers, and it doesn’t matter whether it is type 1 or type 2 – are at increased risk of diabetic eye disease. The risk heightens further if the diabetes is uncontrolled. Other risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Length of the disease
  • Age
  • Poor diet and exercise habits
  • Race í research suggests that African-Americans and Hispanics may be vulnerable to developing diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.

Symptoms of diabetic eye diseases usually vary when blood sugar levels do. These generally include:

  • Seeing double
  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision and blind spots
  • Floaters
  • Trouble with near vision
  • Corneal abrasions

It is really important to be aware that the onset of diabetic eye disease can occur prior to its symptoms even being noticed.

Detecting the disease while it’s still asymptomatic can make all the difference when it comes to preventing serious loss of vision. Because of this, people with diabetes need to have an annual eye exam, to make sure that everything is running smoothly. If you suffer from diabetes, make sure you are informed about the risks and prevention of diabetic eye disease. Annual eye exams, and proper preventative measures, can save your vision.