You might be asking yourself, how do diabetes and eye complications tie in together? High blood sugar can result in severe damage in your eyes. In Canada, diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults. Since it is a painless disease, this is why you need to see your eye doctor for yearly screening.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today, November 14, is Diabetes Awareness Day. This month, the health community is joining forces to raise awareness for this disease and how it’s more than just being aware of what you’re putting in your body.
Most of us associate diabetes solely with nutrition and fitness, when in fact diabetes affects many of your body’s systems and processes, including your vision. It also contributes to a higher incidence of a group of eye conditions commonly found in patients with diabetes.
Diabetic eye disease includes diabetic retinopathy (including diabetic macular edema), cataracts, and glaucoma. If not diagnosed or treated by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, these can lead to severe vision loss or even blindness.
As eye care specialists, we want to focus on the important link between diabetes and your vision so you are aware of the risk factors, conditions, and preventative measures you can take to mitigate your risk or progression of eye diseases.