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Patient Tool: Best Practices For Diabetic Eye Care

Diabetic Eye CareDiabetes affects every part of your body, and your eyes need special attention to prevent complications and possible vision loss. By following some best practices in diabetic eye care, you can reduce your risk.

Changes to the lens of your eye that are associated with diabetes can cause blurry vision, cataracts, and glaucoma, but the most common eye condition that occurs is diabetic retinopathy.

Blood Sugar Levels

Maintaining proper blood sugar levels is the most important aspect of living with diabetes. Blood sugar levels affect the lens of your eye, and this may cause temporary or permanent blurriness. High blood sugar is also linked to clouding of the lens associated with cataracts.

Control Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

High blood pressure and cholesterol levels cause pressure inside the vessels of the eyes. When this occurs in the retina, you may develop diabetic retinopathy. The condition can lead to swelling known as “microaneurisms,” as well as vision changes, partial or complete vision loss and difficulty seeing details and colors. If you smoke, we recommend that you work with your physician so that you can stop. This helps your blood pressure within healthy ranges.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being at a healthy weight has many benefits, such as lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of developing heart disease and other conditions. Shedding those extra pounds also helps with your diabetes.

Routine Retinal Screenings

Early detection is key to treating eye conditions that are related to your diabetes. You have peace of mind knowing that your eyes are not being affected and that any issues that arise can be treated before there are serious complications. You should also schedule an appointment if you notice any changes to your vision, no matter how small.

Learn More About Diabetic Eye Care. Contact Thom Eye & Laser Center.

To learn more about diabetic eye care, treatment for macular degeneration, ptosis surgery and our other services, contact Thom Eye & Laser Center. You can also contact our office in Fargo directly at (701) 235-5200.

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