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How Does Diabetes Affect Vision?

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that results in declining vision amongst diabetics. It occurs when the small blood vessels that nourish the nerve cells in the retina are damaged. This condition is the leading cause of low vision and blindness in American adults.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to recognize the symptoms of this condition so you can get treatment when required. The likelihood of this condition also makes it important for those with diabetes to get regular eye checkups. The symptoms to watch for include:

  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • The appearance of flashing lights
  • Streaks, spots or a veil across the retina  that breaks up vision
  • Blind or blank spots in the field of vision
  • Vision that changes as blood glucose levels do
  • Changes in depth perception

Booking an Eye Exam

If you experience any of the above symptoms and suffer from diabetes, ensure that you have an eye exam to discuss treatment or prevent further damage.