If you have diabetes, you likely know that there are some things you need to do every day to manage your health. Adjusting your exercise, managing sugar intake, and eating right are important when it comes to managing your diabetes. Alternatively, if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may still be learning about everything you need to watch out for. For example, did you know that your diabetes can impact how your eye health is? Keep reading to learn how to keep your eyes healthy when you have diabetes.
Daily Eye Checks
Every day, we recommend that you do a quick check to make sure your eyes are functioning as they should. This little test will just take a few seconds every day, so it can be easily worked into your routine whenever suits you best. Cover each eye for a few seconds every day, and make sure the uncovered eye is still focusing as normal.
Diabetic Macular Edema
One of the important issues to watch out for when you have diabetes is diabetic macular edema. When someone has diabetic macular edema, the macula (which is the center part of the retina) thickens as a result of leaking in their retinal vascular structures. Your eye doctor can help find instances of diabetic macular edema, which is why it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly.
Did you know that chances of developing vision-impacting cataracts increase when you have diabetes? Yes, they’re more common in patients with diabetes than those without. If you suddenly realize that you’re having a harder time seeing while trying to read or drive, let us help you identify what’s going on.
Make Regular Visits
Even if you have perfect vision, seeing your eye doctor regularly every year is important when you have diabetes. Making sure your eyes are healthy and working is important, as is catching any issues that may have been caused by diabetes.
Regardless of your health issues, everyone should see an eye doctor every year. Give us a call at (701) 235-5200 to schedule a consultation today.