November is Diabetic awareness month. Over 29 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease. Diabetic Retinopathy is an eye condition that affects someone with diabetes; the condition can cause vision loss and complete blindness.
And it’s a dangerous condition, because there are no early warning symptoms. Diabetic Retinopathy can slowly and deliberately deteriorate a person’s vision without warning until vision loss symptoms such as blurry vision, floating spots, and even escalate to total blindness.
That’s one of the reasons it is so important to have a yearly comprehensive eye exam with your eye care professionals at Vision Optical. Because Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition without early symptoms, finding it early will help to protect against vision loss.
There are several other conditions associated with diabetes that can cause vision problems/loss. A person with diabetes is 2 to 5 times more likely to develop cataracts. Diabetes also doubles a person’s risk of developing a certain type of glaucoma called open-angled glaucoma.
In addition to regular comprehensive eye exams, it’s important a person with diabetes manage their condition. It’s important for everyone, including those diagnosed with diabetes, to keep physically active—keep to a regular schedule of exercise.
It’s also important to eat a healthy diet. A person diagnosed with diabetes should closely monitor the foods they eat. And to continue to take all prescribed medications, and always remember to check your blood sugar levels.
The best way to protect against conditions such as Diabetic Retinopathy is to properly manage diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
If you have any questions about Diabetic Retinopathy, or any other diabetic eye-related condition, then call your eye professional at Vision Optical. And if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, then remember to keep to a schedule of yearly eye exams.