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Diabetic Retinopathy

March 2, 2020

Conditions affecting your overall bodily health and wellbeing can also take a toll on your eye health and vision. Diabetes is a serious disease that can damage multiple organ systems, including your eyes. When not properly controlled, diabetes increases your risk for developing harmful eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.  At the office of Optical Outlets we provide comprehensive care to help people living with diabetes prevent these problems and protect against vision loss. We focus on early detection, and providing the appropriate guidance as well as care to help safeguard your eyesight.

Diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to insulin, which causes blood sugar levels to become elevated. Regulating insulin levels is of the utmost importance for managing diabetes. Whether you have Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder acquired at birth, or Type 2 diabetes, which develops later in life, managing your blood sugar levels through diet, exercise and taking insulin is key. Chronically high blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye over time, causing diabetic retinopathy. The retina is the part of the eye that transmits visual information to the brain, and when it becomes damaged, you may experience dark spots floating in your field of vision, blurred vision and eye pain. Generally the onset of symptoms does not occur until the disease has progressed. People who have diabetes are also a greater risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma. Fortunately, with regularly scheduled eye examinations, we can detect these conditions early in their onset and provide ongoing care to help protect your vision and monitor the health of your eyes.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.