Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin to control blood glucose levels. Unregulated blood glucose levels can damage internal organs, such as the heart, kidneys, and blood vessels.
The small blood vessels in the eyes can be affected by spikes in blood sugar levels, which can lead to permanent vision loss. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that 90% of vision loss from diabetes can be prevented through proper monitoring and early detection.
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that can result from diabetes. These include:
It’s recommended that anyone with diabetes have fully comprehensive eye exams annually to detect early signs of diabetic eye disease. You can take the additional step of controlling your blood glucose levels by following a physician-guided diet and exercise plan.