As a disease that affects around 9% of the US population, diabetes can not only change the way that you live your life, but it can also change the way that you see your life— quite literally. In fact, diabetes not only affects your diet but it can also affect every part of your body from your toes to your eyes. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to understand the toll that it can take on your eyes in order to better be able to take care of yourself. Read on to learn more.
Different Types of Eye Diseases
When it comes to eye diseases caused by diabetes, it’s important to know that there are a variety of different eye diseases that you may get including the following:
- Cataracts- A disease that causes the clouding of your eye’s lens.
- Diabetic Retinopathy- A disease that causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
- Glaucoma- A disease that causes an increase of fluid and pressure inside the eye.
Unfortunately there is no magic pill that you can take to prevent against getting these types of diseases. However, it is important to manage your blood sugar levels, eat a healthy diet, and get the proper amount of exercise that you need— the more you keep your diabetes under control, the healthier you will be overall.
Additionally, because there aren’t always definitive symptoms of these diseases, it’s important to schedule a regular appointment with Dr. Steve Thom in order to get your eyes examined. During your yearly examination, Dr. Thom will check your eyes for all three eye diseases listed above. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, make sure to contact Dr. Thom’s office immediately:
- Have blurred vision for more than two days
- Lose vision in one or both eyes
- See floaters
- See flashing lights
If you have diabetes and are worried about the health of your eyes, then contact Dr. Steve Thom’s office today in order to schedule an appointment. Remember that it’s never too early to start taking care of your eyes.