Diabetes is a very serious chronic disease that affects much more than your blood sugar. Many patients may not realize that diabetes can also cause problems with other systems of the body, including the eyes. Diabetes, if left unmanaged, can even lead to blindness.
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of diseases that diabetic patients are especially prone to including retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading form of diabetic eye disease. As blood vessels within the retina change, they may begin to swell and leak fluid.
Many diabetic patients do not experience pain or changes in their vision until these diseases have greatly progressed. For this reason it is very important to receive annual eye examinations and report any changes to your vision as soon as you notice them. Patients with unmanaged blood sugar may have increased chances of developing eye disease.
If you are diagnosed with diabetic eye disease, Dr. Thom may recommend laser surgery of the retina in order to repair your retinopathy or surgery to remove your cataract. It is important to understand that laser surgery cannot restore vision that has already been lost.
Contact Dr. Thom to schedule your next eye exam and explore your treatment options today.