Individuals with diabetes unfortunately face a severely increased risk of developing serious eye diseases and conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. If left undetected and untreated, these eye problems can lead to permanent blindness.
In fact, 80% to 85% of diabetics develop an eye disease, and diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in individuals between 25 and 70 years of age.
In addition to working with your primary care provider to actively manage your diabetes with diet and medication, you can also take steps to safeguard your eyes from diabetes-related diseases by scheduling regular diabetic exams with an eye doctor. Most eye conditions caused by diabetes can be treated, as long as early signs are detected before the disease has progressed far enough to cause major damage to the eyes’ internal structures.
The reason eye diseases cause so many cases of blindness is because, without a comprehensive eye exam, these conditions are extremely difficult to detect. Most eye diseases do not present early signs or symptoms that can be detected outside of an eye exam. Most patients with diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma experience no visual disturbances or changes and have no pain until the condition has progressed too far to be effectively treated.
If you have type I or type II diabetes, our optometrist will personalize your care with treatment that addresses risk factors early. Our optometrist will talk with you about preventative care and establish a diabetic eye exam schedule to ensure the early detection and treatment of any eye conditions before they have progressed too far.