Diabetic Eye Disease

Protect Your Vision

Diabetic Eye Disease

Protect Your Vision

Maintaining good blood glucose control is the key to prevent eye damage. Follow your diet and exercise plan. If you have not had an advanced ocular analysis with an ophthalmologist it is crucial to get one now. Never skip your follow up exams recommended by your ophthalmologist. Early treatment can make all the difference.

What Is Diabetic Eye Disease?

There are several eye problems that can result from diabetes and includes diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular oedema, cataract, and glaucoma.

Diabetic retinopathy

When the blood vessels in the back of the eye (retina) swell, leak or close off completely abnormal new vessels can also grow on the surface of the retina and cause reduced vision. The risk increases the longer you have diabetes and if your blood sugar control is poor.

Diabetic macular oedema

This happens when fluid builds up on the retina and causes swelling and blurry vision and can lead to permanent vision loss.

Diabetes and cataracts

Excess blood sugar from diabetes causes cataracts earlier than in the general population. You may need cataract surgery to remove the clouded lenses.

Diabetes and Glaucoma

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve of the eye. This leads to irreversible vision loss. Having diabetes doubles your chances of developing glaucoma

What other eye problems may be related to diabetes?

Diabetes can cause blurry vision when your blood sugar levels change quickly. Vision does go back to normal when your blood sugar stabilizes. Ensure your blood sugar is well controlled before going for an eye test to get new glasses.

When diabetes damages the nerve that moves the eye you can develop double vision. Diabetes is also a risk factor for retinal vein occlusion.