If you have diabetes, it is important that you are aware of the increased risks that you must face regarding your eye and vision health. Our Sunrise Florida optometrist and the rest of the staff at 2020 Vision Place are here to help you with any eye complications that result from diabetes, and are also here to help you with preventing those complications from occurring in the first place. Uncontrolled diabetes, meaning if you have blood sugar levels that are not properly monitored and controlled, puts you at a much greater risk of developing certain eye conditions.
One of these conditions is glaucoma. People with diabetes are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma than those without diabetes. The longer you have had diabetes, the greater your chance of developing glaucoma. The risk of developing glaucoma also increases with age, whether you have diabetes or not. The main way that we confirm a diagnosis of glaucoma is after our Sunrise Florida optometrist measures your intraocular pressure. If there is a noticeable increase of pressure on your optic nerve, there is a large chance that glaucoma is developing. If glaucoma is not caught early on or is not treated, it can lead to serious vision loss. Another eye condition associated with diabetes is the development of cataracts. Cataracts happen to many people as a result of old age, but people with diabetes are 60% more likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes also tend to get cataracts earlier in life than people without diabetes. Fortunately, cataracts are generally not too difficult to treat. Diabetes also increases the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is an umbrella term that refers to all conditions involving the retina that develop as a result of diabetes. How your diabetic retinopathy is treated depends on the type of retinopathy it is and how severely it has developed.
As you can see, there are many eye conditions associated with diabetes. The best way to prevent the development of these conditions is to visit our Sunrise Florida optometrist at 2020 Vision Place regularly for diabetic eye exams. These comprehensive eye exams allow us to pick up on even the subtlest signs of eye problems early on, so that we can treat them successfully and preserve your vision. To learn more, please visit our main website or contact our staff directly.