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Diabetic Eye Disease
What is Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the United States in adults under the age of 65. Diabetic retinopathy is a complication associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy affects the retina (the tissue that forms the back wall of our eye) and the retinal blood vessels that carry nutrients and oxygen to the retina. In diabetic retinopathy, the retinal blood vessels become incompetent and develop tiny leaks. This leakage of fluid and blood from the vessels can cause swelling in the retina which results in blurred vision.In addition, failure to supply the retina with the nutrients and oxygen it requires results in formation of new, leaky blood vessels that can cause hemorrhaging and scar tissue and result in severe loss of vision or blindness.
How can I prevent diabetic retinopathy?
When blood sugar is maintained at a normal level most of the time, the risk of diabetic retinopathy can be reduced. Controlling your blood sugar is the single most important thing a person with diabetes can do to prevent or reduce the complications of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy.
Maintaining normal weight and a diet low in calories, fat and cholesterol is very important as well. Regular exercise is also very important as it helps reduce blood sugar. In addition to diet and exercise, there are other factors that can affect diabetes. High blood pressure increases the likelihood for diabetic complications, including loss of vision. Therefore, blood pressure should be strictly controlled in diabetics. Smoking is also known to be particularly dangerous for people with diabetes because it contributes to the diseased blood vessels.
If I have diabetes, how often should I get my eyes checked?
All people with diabetes should have a comprehensive, dilated eye examination at least once a year. If you have diabetic retinopathy, you may need more frequent examinations. If you are pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you should have a comprehensive, dilated examination as soon as possible.
Don’t wait for symptoms. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, nor is there any pain. If you have diabetic retinopathy, your doctor can recommend treatment to help prevent its progression. People with retinopathy can decrease their risk of blindness by 95% with timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care.
It is important to monitor your vision daily. If you notice a change in your vision, call your eye doctor for an appointment. The doctors and staff at Des Moines Eye Surgeons are always available to answer your questions and we encourage you to call with any unusual symptoms or concerns.