How to Prevent Vision Loss from Diabetes

Jun 1, 2024 | Diabetic Eye Care

Most people know that diabetes can cause heart and nerve damage. But did you know that it can also affect your eyes? It’s true! Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in your eyes, leading to blurry vision and even blindness in some cases. If you have diabetes, we’re sharing some tips on how you can prevent vision loss caused by this disease. 

Keep your blood sugar levels in check 

The first step in preventing vision loss from diabetes is to make sure you are managing your blood sugar levels effectively. High blood sugar can damage the blood vessels in your retina (the back wall of your eyeball), leading to diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions. By keeping your blood sugar levels under control through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication as prescribed by your healthcare provider, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetic eye complications. 

Don’t skip your annual eye exam 

It’s crucial to have regular eye exams if you have diabetes. Your eye doctor will be able to detect any signs of diabetic retinopathy or other eye problems early on, giving you the best chance of preventing vision loss. Don’t skip those annual eye exams; they could save your sight! If you notice any changes in your vision or you have diabetes, contact us today to book a diabetic eye exam in Shelton or Waterbury. 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle 

A healthy lifestyle can improve overall circulation and reduce inflammation, which is essential for maintaining good eye health. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Regular exercise can also help improve blood flow to the eyes and reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes. Remember that what’s good for your body is also good for your eyes! 

Quit smoking 

If you smoke, now is the time to quit! Smoking not only increases your risk of developing diabetes-related complications like heart disease but also contributes to vision problems by damaging the blood vessels in your eyes. Talk to your healthcare provider about resources and strategies for quitting smoking if you need support. 

Protect your eyes from UV rays 

People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing cataracts, which can lead to vision loss if left untreated. To protect your eyes from UV rays, make sure to wear sunglasses outdoors and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. It may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in preventing vision problems down the road. Look for sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection and wear them consistently when outside, even on cloudy days. 

If you notice any changes in your vision such as blurriness or spots in your field of vision, don’t wait. Make an appointment with our eye doctor right away. Early intervention is crucial when it comes to managing diabetic retinopathy and other eye conditions associated with diabetes. Your eye health is too important to ignore! 

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