Diabetes and Your Eye Care
- Posted on: Dec 26 2013
Diabetic eye disease (also called “diabetic retinopathy”) is a serious issue that may end up resulting in a loss of vision. While not everyone with diabetes will experience poor vision or pain, diabetic eye disease should always be a concern for patients. Diabetics who do not properly control their condition are especially at risk.
Taking control of this issue can help you avoid serious problems- and may even save your eyesight! Here are some things you can do:
- Commit to managing your diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong health issue which, if left uncontrolled or under-controlled, may lead to serious physical complications. A patient with diabetes must commit to controlling their condition by taking either insulin or oral diabetes medication, and by keeping their blood sugar at a normal range.
- Keep track of your blood sugar levels. With diabetic eye disease, prevention and early diagnosis is key. It is important to monitor your blood sugar levels several times a day to make certain they remain within their target range. Keeping your blood sugar levels lower will help lower your risk for eye disease.
- Make sure you report any changes in vision to your doctor. It is very important for diabetics to undergo yearly eye exams. If your vision suddenly becomes hazy or blurry, this is important to mention to your eye doctor, so that any necessary treatment can start.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to diabetes, other health issues such as high blood pressure levels and high cholesterol may also increase your risk of serious eye disease. Diabetics who smoke cigarettes can also greatly increase their risk of vision loss! Therefore, it is a good idea to exercise on a regular basis, eat healthy foods, and quit smoking. For some patients, medication may also be necessary.
- Speak with your doctor. If you need help or advice on how to manage or reduce your risk for diabetic eye disease, your doctor can help you develop a personalized eye care or treatment plan.
Diabetic Eye Care in Winchester
If you’re living with diabetes, contact us today to learn about your treatment options. Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, and you can reach us directly at (540) 722-6200. We hope to hear from you soon!