Five Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic eye disease is a collective term for eye conditions or complications that affect diabetics. It may include cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, not everyone with diabetes will develop the aforementioned complications. Diabetic eye diseaseIf you’re diabetic or have problems with your blood sugar levels, the following steps will help reduce your risk of diabetic eye disease:
  1. Keep your blood sugar levels in check. You can do this through a combination of diet modifications, regular physical activity, and taking medications as prescribed.
  2. Aside from your blood sugar levels, keep your cholesterol and blood pressure levels in check. Several studies have shown that high levels of blood pressure and cholesterol can increase pressure within the eyes and consequently damage the capillaries and endothelial cells within the retina.
  3. Do not miss regular appointments with your eye doctor. Regular screenings can help detect early signs of cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the chances of preventing the serious effects of diabetic eye disease.
  4. Quit smoking. Smoking doubles the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy. Quitting smoking will help your eyes, and your overall health.
  5. Get in touch with the Mountain View Medical Center team in case you experience sudden changes in your vision such as the appearance of floaters, double vision, or pain/pressure in the eyes.
Are you diabetic? Call (907) 328-2920 and we’ll help you find ways to reduce your risk of diabetic retinopathy. We look forward to your visit!
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