Safeguard Your Eyes from Disease & Vision Loss
When blood sugar levels are not controlled effectively, it can lead to retinal damage. Individuals with diabetes have unique eye health and vision needs and are more likely to develop several serious, vision-threatening conditions than patients without this condition.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar causes the delicate blood vessels in the eye to swell and leak blood into the retina. This can cause blurry vision and lead to the development of blind spots. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy.
Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy rarely materialize in the early stages, which means many patients do not realize something is wrong until they have already experienced vision loss. Annual eye exams are critical for catching diabetic retinopathy and other serious conditions before they can cause permanent damage.
Please make an appointment with your optometrist immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Dark spots
- Blurry vision
- Difficulty focussing
- Altered color vision
- Blind spots