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Diabetes

 

Diabetes eye symptoms

Diabetes eye symptoms may include:

 

Diabetes eye symptoms should be examined by Dr. Hecht
Diabetes eye symptoms examinations

 

Diabetic retinopathy – damage to the blood vessels in the retina.

Cataracts – Clouding of the eye’s lens. Cataracts develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.

Glaucoma – An increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision. A person with diabetes is nearly twice as likely to get glaucoma as other adults.

 

 

 

Are you experiencing diabetes eye symptoms?

Diabetes is an inability of the body to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that removes sugar from the blood and puts it into cells where it can be used for energy. Without enough insulin, there is too much sugar in your blood. It’s like having a full tank of gas but no key; you have the fuel you need, but can’t access it.

Diabetes affects over 16 million Americans. The most common form of diabetes is adult-onset diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes typically affects people over 40, overweight and who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

 

Other risk factors associated with diabetes include:

• People with a family history of diabetes
• Certain ethnic groups can be more at risk – African, Native American, Japanese, Latino or Polynesian

But it is important for anyone who is experiencing decreased vision to see Dr. Hecht for a thorough check-up. You may have another type of vision issue and an exam will reveal the exact diagnosis and treatment.

Protect your vision, see Dr. Hecht regularly

Since eye complications are common with diabetes, it is very important that people with diabetes get their eyes examined on a regular basis. The National Eye Institute recommends that people with diabetes get a dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Additional risk factors for diabetic eye disease

If you have high blood pressure, you should be treated as hypertension can increase the damage to the eye in people with diabetes. Kidney disease also makes eye damage worse, particularly if you have high blood pressure as well. If you are pregnant, controlling diabetes is vital for both you and your baby.

 

Smokers can experience increased diabetes eye symptoms
Increased diabetes eye symptoms

Smoking

There are many new methods to help you stop smoking. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, which can be harmful to a person with diabetes. In addition, doctors believe smoking undoes the good work that good blood sugar control has on the blood vessels.

The good news is that with regular eye check-ups with Dr. Hecht and treatment, blindness from diabetes can be reduced effectively. 

Things to remember about diabetes eye symptoms

• Anyone with diabetes can eventually develop diabetic retinopathy
• Vision loss or blindness is preventable through early detection and timely treatment with Dr. Hecht
• Good control of diabetes and regular eye examinations can prevent vision loss
• Take action before you notice any issues with your vision

If you believe you are experiencing diabetes eye symptoms, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with Dr. Hecht in one of his offices.

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