A recent study by the U.S. National Eye Institute showed that 8% of pre-diabetics were already showing signs of retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is damage to the eye which occurs when the blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye are affected. It is the most common cause of vision loss among individuals with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. Having diabetes also increases the risk of developing glaucoma and cataracts. If you have diabetes, it is critical to be proactive and preventive by having consistent eye exams a minimum of once a year by an eye care professional.
Almost always there are be signs of these problems before you notice symptoms. That is why it is critical to have yours examined on a regular basis. The symptoms include vision becoming more dim, hazy, or blurry. You may also notice blind spots in your vision, new floaters in your vision or reduced peripheral vision.
First, it is important to follow your physicians recommendations for controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol. It is also best if you do not smoke. Prevention is the best treatment to limit any complications in the eye from the diabetes. Roughly 90% of diabetes-related blindness can be avoided with an annual eye exam. Consistent visits for diabetic eye care with an eye care professional is very important to prevent the progression of eye damage. During these exams, the eye care professional will look for changes in the retinal blood vessels and can recommend different options of treatment. As is typical with most diseases, treatment can be more effective at earlier stages. Treatment for diabetic retinopathy can range from laser surgery, steroid injections, and anti-VEGF injections.
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