If you have diabetes, you know that there are some things you need to do every day to keep your health in check. Watching sugar intake, adjusting your exercise, and eating right are key to managing your diabetes. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may not know everything you need to do. And, did you know that your diabetes can affect your vision? Keep reading to learn how to keep your eyes healthy when you have diabetes.
Daily Eye Checks
Every day, check to make sure your eyes are functioning as they should. This little test will just take a few seconds every day, but it’s important to do regularly so you know when or if your eyes are changing. Cover each eye for a little bit every day, and make sure the uncovered eye is still working properly. That’s it.
Diabetic Macular Edema
One of the biggest things to watch out for when you have diabetes is diabetic macular edema. Diabetic macular edema refers to the macula (which is the center part of the retina) thickening as a result of leaking in retinal vascular structures. Your eye doctor can help you identify this issue, which is why it’s important to see your eye doctor for an exam every year.
Did you know that chances of developing cataracts that impact your vision go up when you have diabetes? They’re more common in patients with diabetes than those without, so if you find that you’re having a harder time reading or seeing while driving, please give us a call right away.
Make Regular Visits
Even if you don’t need glasses or contacts, seeing your eye doctor regularly every year is important when you have diabetes. Making sure elevated blood sugar hasn’t caused diabetic macular edema is important, as is making sure your eyes are healthy and working as they should.
Regardless of your health issues, everyone should see an eye doctor every year. Those who are diabetic or advancing in age should make seeing an eye doctor a priority, as your eyes may change quicker than others. Give us a call at (847) 677-2794 to schedule a consultation today.