Diabetes Impact on Your Eyes

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Diabetes doesn’t affect only those individuals overweight or those who eat a lot of junk food or sugary drinks and meals. Diabetes can impact any race, any age, any income level…any person!

Type 1

In Type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin which is the hormone that gets glucose into the body’s cells.

Type 2

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and that’s when the body doesn’t use the insulin it has properly.
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Eye Diseases

There are eye diseases specifically encountered by those living with diabetes. These include:

  • cataracts
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • glaucoma
  • diabetic macular edema

In fact, the CDC shares that diabetic retinopathy is the number one cause of blindness in American adults

Impact on Vision

Over time, uncontrolled diabetes can have a negative impact on your vision and cause damage to your eyes. Controlling your diabetes and maintaining your eye health is accomplished through management of one’s blood sugar (glucose), blood pressure, and cholesterol. It’s highly recommended to not smoke and EVERY YEAR be sure to have a dilated eye exam. The dilated eye exam can often identify eye problems early and BEFORE much vision is lost. Unfortunately, diabetic eye disease damage occurs with no warning signs.