Diabetes doesn’t have to mean vision loss. If you take care of yourself and get proper diabetic eye care, you can stop, slow, or reduce the impact of diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of diabetes. It is estimated that 1 in 12 diabetics age 40 and over have diabetic eye disease that is vision threatening. While diabetic eye disease may not be able to be prevented, finding and treating these diseases early, before they cause vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic Eye Disease may include:
- Damage to blood vessels in the retina
- Most frequent complication of diabetes
- Clouding of the eye’s lens
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop a cataract, many times at earlier ages
- Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma
- Fluid leaking into the retina
- Part of retina begins to pull away from back of eyeball
If you have diabetic eye disease, Apex Eye Ophthalmologists are specifically trained to recommend and perform treatments that can help prevent progression.