If you have diabetes, it is likely you are aware of the various ways in which it can impact your general health. But did you know it could play a major part in your eye health as well? Our Kingwood eye doctor and the rest of the staff at Today’s Vision are here to help you navigate through any developing eye conditions that result from your diabetes, and also to aid in prevention as well. When your sugar levels rise to an abnormal state, damage can occur to the blood vessels located in the back part of your eye, known as the retina. When this kind of damage occurs, it is referred to as diabetic retinopathy.
Unfortunately, most cases of diabetic retinopathy are so gradual in their development that people either do not exhibit any symptoms, or do not exhibit symptoms until late in the disease’s development, once the patient’s vision has already begun to be compromised. However, if symptoms do occur, you will either notice especially blurry vision, fluctuating vision, or large floaters obscuring your vision. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with our Kingwood eye doctor right away for an evaluation. The best treatment for diabetic retinopathy is to prevent it from developing in the first place. In order to encourage prevention, you should do your best to carefully monitor your blood sugar levels and seek treatment if you are struggling to keep your blood sugar normal.
Another important part of prevention is to visit us at Today’s Vision for regular diabetic eye exams. Eye exams are important for everyone, but if you have diabetes, you should be especially conscious of how often you are getting your eyes checked out. Diabetic eye exams are tailored to the needs of diabetic patients, and aid in uncovering signs of diabetic retinopathy or other similar conditions as early on as possible in order to ensure the most effective treatment solutions.
If you would like to learn more about diabetic retinopathy, diabetic eye exams, or any of the other various services provided by our Kingwood eye doctor, we encourage you to visit the main Today’s Vision website in order to browse through some additional information. Feel free to contact our staff directly with any questions or concerns.