Diabetes is a serious disease. It can be controlled but requires lifestyle changes in order to stay ahead of it. You have to maintain a healthy diet, monitor your blood glucose levels and get regular exercise. People with diabetes are more susceptible to infections, because high blood sugar levels can weaken the immune system. Nerve damage can occur due to reduced blood flow and can affect your vision with retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts.
What Is Retinopathy?
It’s an eye disease that people with diabetes are prone to develop. High blood sugar levels can cause damage to blood vessels in the retina, which, in turn, either swell, leak or close up. This prevents blood flow, changing your vision. You may not even know it in the beginning, because there are no symptoms in the early stages, but later, you may notice:
- Blurry vision
- Vision that changes from blurry to clear
- Seeing blank areas in your field of vision
- Having poor night vision
- Colors seem less vibrant
- Seeing an increase in “floaters”
The way to prevent Retinopathy involves maintenance and monitoring. Quit smoking, if you do. Have healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. You should also get an eye exam with dilation at least once a year, and monitor your blood sugar. Self-care is the answer.
If you, or someone you love, is looking for help, give us a call at Family Diagnostic Clinic, 281-351-6800. It would be our pleasure to have our professional team become a partner in your health.