4 Facts about Diabetes and Vision Loss

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Did you know that diabetes increases your risk of several eye diseases? When your doctor diagnoses you with diabetes, it is important to understand that this disease can have a domino effect on other aspects of your health. Proper treatment to manage your blood sugar levels is key to reduce the risk of diabetic eye disease and other health concerns.

Here are four things you need to know about diabetes and eye disease:

  1. Diabetic Eye Conditions: The term “diabetic eye disease” comprises of multiple eye conditions common in people with diabetes, including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic macular edema (DME), and diabetic retinopathy.
  2. Potential Vision Loss: All of the eye diseases listed above have the potential of causing severe vision loss and even blindness. Immediate treatment is essential to manage the symptoms and slow the progression of these eye diseases. It is often possible to prevent or delay vision loss by using prescribed medications, maintaining a healthy diet, and being consistent with a regular exercise routine.
  3. Early Detection is Key: The most effective way to prevent vision loss is to stick with a regular eye exam schedule. These appointments are more than identifying your current prescription. The eye doctor also looks at signs and symptoms that could indicate early stages of eye disease. Early detection gives you the opportunity for timely treatment, which can protect your vision.
  4. Risk Factors for Diabetic Eye Disease: Anyone who has been diagnosed with any type of diabetes (type 1, type 2, or gestational) has a risk of the development of diabetic eye disease. The longer the person has diabetes the risk increases. Additionally, unmanaged symptoms increase the likelihood of complications that could impact your eyesight.

Are you concerned about your vision? The best thing that you can do is work with an experienced optometric team in the area. Dr. Gio Venitelli and Dr. Katie Dugan of Temecula and Murrieta Creek Optometry offer full-service vision care solutions. Call one of the local offices to schedule an appointment at your convenience: Murrieta at (951) 600-9226 or Temecula at (951) 302-1331.