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Protect Your Eyes If You Have Diabetes

June 28, 2024

Diabetes comes with a variety of medical challenges. Eyesight preservation is one of them. If you have this disease, you’re more apt to contract problems that can bring on poor vision and even blindness. High blood sugar can damage your eyes’ blood vessels and lead to glucose-damaged proteins. 

You are guaranteed superior care at the office of Optical Outlets. We’re at the forefront of advances in treatments and eyewear. You will receive the utmost in vision care in a warm and pleasant environment as we examine every aspect of your eyes and talk with you about your care options.

These suggestions can help your eye health stay on track.

Stick to an exercise routine. You needn’t become a gym rat. Most people should get at least 30 minutes most days. Check with your doctor before you start a new fitness program, and aim for at least a half hour five days a week. Even moderate physical activity reduces your blood sugar and lowers your blood pressure. At the same time, it ups your HDL (the good type) cholesterol. Your peepers’ blood vessels will appreciate your efforts. 

Go fishing. OK, not literally, but eat sardines, albacore tuna, halibut, salmon and mackerel. They’re fatty fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to fight inflammation and the abnormal growth of blood vessels in the eyes. Aim for two servings per week. 

Sport shades. Sunglasses connote social coolness, prestige and mystique. But their major function is to protect the eyes from the sun’s UV rays, even on cloudy days. Repeated exposure to UV radiation without sunglasses that include 100 percent UVA and UVB protection can result in permanent eye damage. 

Go green. Romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, and collard and turnip greens are rich with the nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. They’re antioxidants that help protect cells in your retina and, with vitamin E, may also help you avoid cataracts. Broccoli, peas, corn and eggs are also good resources.

At the office of Optical Outlets, our compassionate and immensely knowledgeable staff of professionals eagerly provide our patients and customers with personal and superior care. Please call us today to schedule an appointment!