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Diabetes and Your Eyes

Patients with diabetes are at greater risk of eye complications like retinopathy, cataracts, blurry vision, and glaucoma. In fact, it’s the leading cause of vision loss in individuals between the ages of 20 and 74. Fortunately, 98% of diabetes-related eye complications can be preventable through routine visits to your optometrist and early eye care and treatment. University Vision Centre of El Paso will work closely with you and your physician to ensure you get the best care and management of your disease.

Eye Conditions Related to Diabetes

Diabetic eye disease is a set of conditions that often affect diabetes patients. These conditions include:

Diabetic retinopathy - The most common cause of vision impairment and loss in people with diabetes, diabetic retinopathy is when the small blood vessels in the retina are damaged. Keeping your blood sugar under control and regular visits to the eye doctor can minimize the effects on your vision. There are several forms of this condition, including proliferative retinopathy, which may require eye surgery to preserve your eyesight. 

Diabetic macular edema (DME) - This condition is a result of diabetic retinopathy, where the retina’s macula becomes swollen. Treatment includes injection therapy and/or laser eye surgery. 

Cataracts - Diabetes patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens that causes blurred vision and light glares.  Cataracts are treatable through a surgery where your eye doctor replaces the damaged lens with an artificial one. 

Glaucoma - This condition is where the eye’s optic nerve is damaged, typically due to increased pressure inside the eye. Since the symptoms are subtle until major vision loss occurs, it is critical that diabetic patients see their optometrist regularly for routine eye exams. 

Contact Your El Paso Optometry Center Today

If you have diabetes, you understand the importance of balance, control, and routine visits with your physician. The optometry staff at University Vision Centre is here to help you navigate through the process, ensuring your eyes receive the attention they deserve. Call (915) 533-1811 or visit us online to request an eye evaluation. 

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