Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States today. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to damage in the little blood vessels supplying the eyes, brain, heart, and kidneys.
Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, a sight-threatening complication. Diabetic retinopathy may cause bleeding (hemorrhage), fat leakage (exudates), and swelling in the retina as depicted in the image below. Treatment is usually coordinated with a retina specialist. Depending on how severe the damage in the eye, patients may need laser treatments or injections of powerful medications into the eye to prevent vision loss.
How can I prevent diabetic complications in my eyes?
- Strict blood sugar and blood pressure control
- See us at Lucent Vision for a yearly eye exam
- Tell your primary care doctor or your eye care provider about any vision changes
With early detection and treatment, we can prevent vision loss in nearly all diabetics. If you are a diabetic, make an appointment to visit us at least once a year for a complete eye examination!