Early detection, frequent monitoring & excellent care can save your eyesight
On its own, diabetes is more than enough to manage. Yet, people with this complicated disease must also pay special attention to their vision, because even people who closely control their blood glucose levels have increased risk for, and often develop, eye and vision problems. In fact, nearly half of all diabetics in the U.S. have some degree of eye disease.
Diabetics need annual eye exams
Because eye diseases often have no warning signs, it’s recommended that people with diabetes have annual eye exams so problems can be detected and treated early on. Simply put, annual exams are an essential component of diabetes management and can slow the onset and progression of vision-threatening diseases, including:
Diabetic retinopathy – High blood sugar levels can damage the delicate blood vessels of the eye and lead to blurred vision or even blindness. Symptoms may include floaters, difficulty reading or seeing things close-up, flashes and blurred or darkened vision. We can even help reverse diabetes with proper nutrition. We have helped many diabetics reverse their condition with changes in diet.
Macular degeneration – Diabetes’ effects on the retina can include the macula, the area of the retina responsible for detailed central vision, and can cause blurred vision and lead to blindness.
Glaucoma – This disease, in which excessive internal pressure can damage the optic nerve, is almost twice as common in people with diabetes.
Cataracts – Although cataracts (clouding of the lens) are related to aging, people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataracts... and to develop them at an earlier age.
Trust your vision to training, know-how & dedication
At Bedford Vision & Eye Clinic, Drs. Shamblin, Gregory and Sanderson are all well-trained and experienced with diabetic eyecare. In addition, they have special training and experience in the management and co-management of eye diseases and can help guide you through a lifetime of healthy vision.