Diabetes requires treatment to keep under control. While you are concerned with your diet, insulin, and other medications, you might overlook the importance of eye care when you have diabetes. The two are interconnected. Working with your eye doctor when you have diabetes ensures your eyes remain as healthy as possible.
If you have diabetes, you probably have diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by blockage in the small blood vessels on the back of the eye where the retina is. The blockage cuts off blood flow, thus the bloods vessels tries to repair itself with new blood vessels, but sometimes the vessels does not properly develop.
If you have diabetic retinopathy, it's important to avoid activities that can strain the blood vessels in your eyes. This includes activities such as weight lifting and high-impact sports, such as football or rugby.
Diabetes is also a risk factor of eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts, among others.
Regular eye exams are important to highlight and treat any developing issues. These exams may include dilating, which allows the doctor to examine your retina, or digital retinal photography. Your optometrist might suggest you come in more often than an annual exam based on your exam results.
Contact your eye doctor if you notice any immediate loss of vision, trouble reading, double vision, eye pressure, or other changes in vision.
Controlling your blood sugar helps maintain proper vision conditions. Your vision can become blurry when your blood sugar is too high and high blood sugar can contribute to other eye conditions.
Living With Diabetic Eye Conditions
If your vision is affected by diabetes, you can take some steps to manage things better.
Make sure you can keep your blood sugar levels under control by consider re-labeling medicine bottles or using a device such as a rubber band to tell them apart or a pillbox to separate your prescribed medication by day. Enlist the help of someone else to make sure you take your medication consistently and on time.
A magnifying lens can help you to read medicine labels as well as labels on any food you consume. Large-print recipes can make cooking easier, and you can zoom text on your devices to make the screens easier to read. Other tools may be available to aid your low vision.
If you have any questions about diabetic eye exams, schedule an appointment with Today's Vision - Northside at (713)-694-3937. We're the eye clinic that Houston optometry patients trust!