When patients get a diagnosis of diabetes, they are educated on the many complications this condition can cause throughout the body. In addition, patients with diabetes need to pay special attention to their eye health, as diabetes can increase the risk of a wide range of problems. The eyes are one of the first places where patients may notice the complications associated with diabetes. Because of this, Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer encourages patients to learn about the many ways they can be proactive about their eye care when diagnosed with diabetes.
What are some ways in which you can protect your eyesight from diabetic complications?
- Keep your numbers regular. First and foremost, patients with diabetes will want to avoid high blood glucose levels as they can damage the blood vessels of the retina and impact the overall shape of the eye’s lenses, causing blurry vision. Diabetic patients are at great risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
- Attend annual eye examinations. It is important for patients to have their vision checked regularly with a comprehensive eye examination, and to do so on a yearly basis.
- Wear sunglasses to protect the eyes. UV damage doesn’t just impact one’s skin—it can also impact the eyes. UVA exposure can contribute to macular degeneration and cataracts, especially in diabetic patients.
- Maintain a healthy diet. Eating right does more than protect your eyesight, but it can reduce your risk of a wide range of conditions. Patients should pay close attention to their intake of Vitamins A, C, and E. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids as well as beta-carotene to reduce one’s risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Exercise regularly. Patients who stay moving every day will improve their glycemic control while also keeping their body healthy and within the ideal body weight range. When combined with a healthy diet, many patients not only feel great, but look great as well!
Schedule a visit with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer to discuss eye care
Diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing vision problems and concerns. If you live in the Skokie, IL area and are interested in learning about diabetic eye care tips, call the practice at (847) 677-2794 today to schedule your visit at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite 201.