Diabetes can negatively affect many aspects of your health, including one of the most important of all, your vision. At ReVision Optix in Simpsonville and Greenville, South Carolina, optometrists Tiffany Brawner, OD, and Sean M. Stevens, OD, have extensive experience diagnosing, managing, and treating diabetes and reducing the risk of complications. The ReVision Optix specialists can help you safeguard your vision, protect your eye health, and overcome the many challenges of diabetes. Click the convenient online booking tool or call your nearest office today.
Diabetes involves problems with blood sugar levels and the insulin hormone. Your pancreas is situated near your stomach and secretes insulin when you consume sugar and foods that turn into sugar in your body. Insulin helps your blood sugar levels remain in a safe zone and delivers excess blood sugar out of your bloodstream into your cells to be used for energy.
When your cells aren’t able to respond properly to insulin or when your body isn’t able to produce enough of it, your blood sugar levels climb. High blood sugar levels can in time turn into diabetes.
Diabetes presents many symptoms, including:
You might also experience excessive thirst and hunger.
Diabetic eye disease refers to multiple eye conditions associated with diabetes. If left untreated, these eye conditions can progress and lead to substantial vision loss, even blindness.
Diabetes can damage the optic nerve by increasing the fluid pressure in the eye.
Cataracts or a clouding of the lenses is usually related to aging, but it can also be a complication of diabetes.
Retinopathy is a disease of the retina — the nerve layer that lines the back of your eye. Many diabetics can develop retinopathy. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your retina. Diabetic retinopathy is among the most common causes of adult blindness.
Some people with diabetic retinopathy can develop swollen retinal blood vessels that leak fluid, and others grow abnormal blood vessels on the surface of the retina.
Scheduling an annual comprehensive eye exam at ReVision Optix is the best way to protect your vision. ReVision Optix offers a variety of tests and screenings to evaluate your overall eye health and look for signs of abnormal changes and disease.
Many forms of diabetic eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy, can appear and progress with little to no symptoms and your annual eye exam is the only way to detect it early, before it progresses, and vision loss becomes potentially irreversible.
Treatments for diabetic eye diseases can slow or even stop the progression of the disease and prevent further damage. Cataracts can be removed surgically.
Your optometrist might also recommend lifestyle changes, such as getting regular, appropriate exercise, stopping smoking, and eating a nutrient-dense diet.
Take charge of your eye health and protect your eyes from diabetic eye disease. Call ReVision Optix or click to book online.