The Eyes Have It
One of the known complications of diabetes is eye disease, with diabetes being the primary cause of blindness in adults ages 20 to 741. Retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma all fall into this category. Additionally, if you also smoke, have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or uncontrolled blood sugars, you have an even greater risk of developing diabetic eye disease.
In the early stages of the eye disease, you may not have any symptoms or changes in your vision. But as the damage increases your vision may become blurry, you may see flashes of light, develop headaches, see spots or have vision loss.
The good news, you can prevent or slow down the progression of the disease by taking the following actions:
- First, have a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year
- If you smoke, quit or cut back
- Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar under control
- Exercise regularly
Start on your journey to better health today! If you have not had a recent eye exam, schedule it now. If you are in need of a medical or diabetic check-up, your local rural healthcare clinic can provide this service.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2020.