People with diabetes are at a higher risk for eye disease?
It is important for individuals with either Type 1 or Type 2 to visit their Medical Provider at least once a year for a comprehensive eye exam (retina exam). During their visit, patients will not only be screened for retinopathy but for other possible complications related to diabetes, such as high blood pressure, as well.
Over time, high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure can lead to the blockage of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish the retina, cutting off its blood supply. As a result, the eye attempts to grow new blood vessels (capillaries), which tend to not develop properly causing them to leak, injuring the retina, and increasing the risk of a total loss of vision.
As a diabetic, being aware of your risk, managing your diabetes, and keeping your blood sugar and Blood Pressure levels under control are some of the best ways to reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy. Taking an active role in diabetes management can go a long way toward preventing complications.
Schedule your annual eye exam today, careful management of your diabetes is the best way to prevent vision loss!