Diabetes can not only cause bleeding in the retina but it also increases the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and other eye conditions. Every diabetic patient needs a routine thorough eye exam to determine if they have any ocular effects from diabetes.
What Is Diabetic Eye Care?
Diabetes causes vision problems and complicates existing ones. Eye health issues associated with diabetes include:
- Blurred vision
- Eye aches and pain
- Watery eyes
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults between the ages of 20 and 74. If you suffer from diabetes, your eye care provider must keep this in mind when assessing your eye health. If you need specialized diabetic eye care, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and concerns, and help minimize or avoid damage to your eyes.
Minimizing the Risk of Diabetes-Related Vision Problems
The first step is to make sure you are making regular visits to the eye doctor. You should be visiting at least once a year to make sure that if there is a problem, it is recognized and addressed quickly. You also want to keep your blood sugar under control to prevent leaky blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy) from occurring which can cause permanent damage to the eye. Controlling high blood pressure and cholesterol are also important, as these conditions can also cause damage to the blood vessels of the eyes.
Eating healthy, exercising on a regular basis, and avoiding tobacco use will help control your diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy can lead to serious eye issues and even blindness in some cases so be sure to keep your regularly scheduled eye exams.
Contact Us Today
Eye Specialists of Illinois is your reliable destination for diabetic eye care. For more information, call us at (847) 823-2127.