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Diabetes Can Affect Your Eye Health

Diabetes is by no means an uncommon condition in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 34 million Americans have diabetes, while another 88 million live with prediabetes.

Diabetes raises your risk of developing a range of eye diseases and conditions that could impact your vision. Get help preserving your vision from this disease and book your appointment today. Our team is eager to serve you!

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Breaking Down Diabetes

Diabetes is a common systemic disease that affects how your body stores and processes glucose (sugar). Diabetes develops when your pancreas reduces the amount of insulin it produces, which is needed to help transfer glucose from your bloodstream to your cells.

When glucose isn’t processed, it builds up in your bloodstream, eventually leading to health problems related to your heart, liver, and eyes.

There are 2 common types of diabetes:

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when your pancreas stops producing insulin. Those with type 1 diabetes will need to take daily insulin injections to stay alive.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t use or make insulin efficiently. Patients with type 2 diabetes may not need insulin injections, but they’ll need to routinely monitor their blood-sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Common Eye Diseases & Conditions Related to Diabetes

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases related to diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the blood vessels behind your retina become damaged due to the higher glucose levels in your bloodstream.

These blood vessels are needed to supply your eye with nutrients and oxygen, so your eye will develop new, yet delicate, blood vessels to replace the damaged ones. The new abnormal vessels break easily and can leak fluids into your retina, causing permanent vision loss.

Diabetic macular edema is an eye disease that often develops alongside diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic macular edema occurs when fluids from damaged blood vessels leak underneath your macula, causing permanent vision loss.

Open-angle glaucoma affects nearly 2.7 million Americans, and diabetes can nearly double your risk of developing it.

Open-angle glaucoma occurs when intraocular fluids build up inside your eye, raising your internal pressure. As the pressure rises, it damages your optic disc, permanently damaging your vision.

Cataracts are a common eye condition linked to diabetes. Cataracts occur when your crystalline lens becomes denser and more opaque, creating a milky or cloudy appearance that could affect your vision.

Glasses or contact lenses can help correct vision problems caused by cataracts, but the only way to remove the cataract is with cataract surgery.

How We Assess Patients With Diabetes

Optos Retinal Imaging

Optos retinal imaging captures high-resolution images of your retina. This non-invasive technology uses ultra-widefield imaging to capture its images in less than ½ a second!

Ocular coherence tomography (OCT) scans are a type of retinal imaging technology that can help your optometrist detect diseases that affect your retina. OCTs operate similar to an ultrasound, but instead of using sound, OCTs use light to capture cross-sectional images of your retina.

Protect Your Vision From Diabetes Today

Diabetes can affect many different aspects of your health. But with our team, we can find you the right solutions to manage your symptoms and preserve your vision. Please, book an appointment with us today!

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