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Protect Your Vision From Diabetic Complications

Just over 1 in 10 Americans lives with diabetes—that’s more than 34 million people. Diabetes can impact your overall health, including your vision. It’s crucial for adults and seniors, regardless of their diabetes status, to undergo regular diabetic eye exams to monitor their eye health. Many are aware of diabetes’s impact on overall health but often overlook its ocular implications—diabetes is a leading cause of blindness in adults. Regular adult eye exams are essential for early detection and management of diabetes-related vision issues. Book your diabetic eye exam appointment today at Abasa Optical and take a proactive step towards preserving your sight.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes affects insulin production, a hormone that regulates your body’s blood sugar levels.

When you consume food, it’s mostly broken down into glucose (sugar) and enters your bloodstream. Increased blood sugar signals the pancreas to release insulin, allowing sugar into your cells. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use it effectively.

Over time, high blood sugar levels can lead to various health issues, including vision problems. This underscores the importance of regular diabetic, adult, and senior eye exams to maintain eye health and prevent complications. Schedule your appointment today to stay ahead of diabetes-related vision changes.

How Does Diabetes Affect Vision?

Diabetes can lead to severe vision problems and even blindness, making annual eye exams crucial for detecting any changes in vision or eye health. Diabetes-related vision issues may include conditions like blurry vision, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema. Regular diabetic eye exams are vital in catching these conditions early.

Your body adjusting to diabetes medication or changes in your health routine can lead to blurry vision. Elevated blood sugar can lead to fluid buildup in the eyes and cause the eye’s lens to swell. Usually, the extra fluid is temporary, and your eyes will return to normal as your blood sugar stabilizes. However, having these symptoms checked by an optometrist during your adult eye exam is vital to rule out more severe conditions.

Diabetic retinopathy often progresses slowly and may not present visible symptoms until irreversible vision loss occurs. The blood vessels in your retina swell as blood sugar levels elevate. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, blurry vision is a common symptom. As the condition progresses, it gets more serious. Blood vessels break and bleed, leaking into the macula and causing vision loss. Early detection through diabetic eye exams can prevent irreversible damage by addressing blood vessel changes in the retina.

Diabetic macular edema occurs when the macula swells due to leaking fluids from your retina’s blood vessels. The macula is responsible for your central vision, so impairment can impact the ability to read, write, drive, and recognize faces. This condition is quite severe and can lead to blindness. Regular monitoring through diabetic, adult, and senior eye exams is essential for managing this condition and preserving vision.

Book Your Diabetic Eye Exam Today

If you have diabetes, regular eye exams are crucial for protecting your sight. A detailed retina examination during a diabetic eye exam can detect early signs of severe vision problems. By scheduling regular diabetic, adult, and senior eye exams, you’re taking an essential step in protecting your family’s eye health. Book your appointment at Abasa Optical today and ensure your eyes are healthy and your vision is protected.