At Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, we understand the link between diabetes and one’s vision health. Diabetes is a widespread and debilitating disease that is actually one of the leading causes of blindness in Americans. Approximately 29 million Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes, and in patients over the age of 60 in the United States, approximately 25% of these individuals develop diabetes. This widespread condition not only impacts one’s blood sugar levels, but it can also cause issues throughout the body. Dr. Steve Thom and his team in Fargo, ND encourage patients who have received a diabetes diagnosis to work with their ophthalmologist to discuss ways to protect vision health.
What is diabetic retinopathy?
One of the most common conditions that can occur and impact vision health is diabetic retinopathy. Approximately 5.3 million Americans over the age of 18 with diabetes may be affected by this potentially blinding condition. Diabetic retinopathy causes swollen blood vessels in the eye caused by high blood sugar levels, which can later result in fluid leakage and impact one’s healthy blood circulation. This condition is often recognized due to symptoms such as distorted, blurry vision and increased blindness.
What other conditions are diabetic patients at risk of developing?
Both glaucoma and cataracts are also prevalent in diabetic patients, which is why it is vital for these individuals to see their ophthalmologist one a regular basis to monitor for signs of these conditions and intervene in the earliest stages to reduce the risk of blindness and vision problems.
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes?
Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar, which is why it is so important that patients not only get a proper diagnosis of their condition, but speak to medical professionals to determine ways to protect the rest of their body from common diabetic-related issues. At Thom Eye and Laser Clinic, we work directly with patients to educate them on ways to protect their vision from being impacted by diabetes. Our clinic is located at 2601 University Drive S in Fargo, ND and offers assistance for patients who call for appointments at (701) 235-5200. Dr. Steve Thom and his team are always accepting new patients ready for premier eye care solutions!