Diabetes is a serious health condition which can have devastating effects on a person’s overall health, including their eyes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States, and it can lead to other eye issues. To help protect yourself from diabetes-related eye problems, it’s important to understand the link between diabetes and eye health.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing eye problems, including glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetes can cause several changes in the eye, including damage to the small blood vessels in the retina. This damage can cause vision loss, which can range from mild to severe. The most common symptom of diabetes-related vision loss is blurry vision.
Glaucoma is a condition where too much pressure builds up inside the eye, which can lead to vision loss. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing glaucoma, and it can have serious consequences if it’s left untreated.
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which can cause blurred vision or a decrease in vision. Diabetes can increase a person’s risk of developing cataracts.
Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease, and it’s caused by damage to the tiny blood vessels in the retina. This damage can cause swelling and leaking of fluid, which can lead to vision loss. The most common symptom of this condition is blurred vision, but it can also cause blind spots or floaters.
People with diabetes should have regular eye exams to ensure that their eyes are healthy. An eye doctor can check for any signs of diabetes-related eye issues, and they can also check for any other eye issues that may be present.
At The Eye Center, our team of experienced ophthalmologists can help you protect your eyes and vision from diabetes-related problems. Our doctors offer comprehensive eye exams and screenings to help diagnose and treat any issues that may be present. We also offer treatments such as laser therapy, injections, and surgery to help correct any vision problems that may be caused by diabetes.
The Eye Center is the leading refractive practice in South Carolina, providing full service eye care and specializing in Refractive Surgery – Lasik, AST, PRK, PRELEX, as well as Corneal Transplant and Cataract Surgery.