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Diabetes and Your Eye Health

November is American Diabetes Month, a time for spreading public awareness of this all-too-common condition. Diabetic eye disease, also known as diabetic retinopathy, is a serious issue which may result in loss of vision. While not every patient with diabetes will experience poor vision, the disease should always be a concern for patients.

Taking control of your diabetes can help you avoid serious issues in the future- and may even help save your eyesight. There are several ways you can accomplish this:

  1. Commit to managing your diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong health issue which, if not managed correctly, can result in serious complications. Patients can manage their diabetes by taking either insulin or oral diabetes medication and monitoring their blood sugar.
  2. Monitor your blood sugar levels. With diabetic eye disease, prevention and early diagnosis is key. It is extremely important to monitor your blood sugar levels several times a day to make certain they remain within a targeted range.
  3. Report changes in your vision. It is very important for diabetics to undergo yearly eye exams. Whenever your vision becomes hazy or blurry, mention it to your eye doctor. That way, early treatment can begin.
  4. Make healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to diabetes, other health issues such as high blood pressure may increase your risk for serious eye disease. Diabetics who smoke cigarettes are also at greater risk for vision loss. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help improve your condition, and reduce your risk for future vision loss.
  5. Speak with your doctor. If you need any 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.

Contact Dr. Stefano To Learn More About Your Eye Health

For more information costume contact lenses and the impact they can have on vision, contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Winchester, serving Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, and you can reach us directly at (540) 722-6200. We look forward to hearing from you!

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