Diabetes damages the nerves and blood vessels throughout a person's body, especially if the condition isn't managed properly. Having diabetes also increases a person's risk of certain eye conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. Because eye problems in diabetics are so prevalent, Dr. Epstein gives diabetics a solution for diabetic eye care.
Diabetic Eye Health
Diabetes can cause changes in the optics of the eye, resulting in blurred vision and trouble focusing. While also causing cataracts the disease can also cause double vision by affecting the nerves that control the alignment and movement of the eyes, and can cause the optic nerve to be more easily damaged by glaucoma.
The most important cause of visual impairment in diabetics is diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which changes occur in the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. In the early stages, small blood vessels weaken and leak fluid or tiny amounts of blood, which distort the retina slightly. 25% of diabetics have some degree of retinopathy.
Reduce the Risk
- Keep blood sugar under good control
- Monitor blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- See an eye doctor at least once a year
Schedule an appointment for routine eye examinations if you have diabetes by contacting The Center for Corrective Eye Surgery, serving the McHenry, IL area, by calling (815) 363-2020.