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5 Ways to Combat Diabetic Eye Diseases

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Raising awareness is especially important for people with diabetes, who have a higher risk of developing eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Discover a few important steps that you can take to prevent diabetic eye diseases.

Schedule a Dilated Eye Exam

Diabetic eye diseases often show no symptoms in its early stages, so it’s important to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam with your ophthalmologist. The doctor can thoroughly examine the retina and optic nerve for signs of damage before the disease starts to take a toll on your vision.  

Monitor Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes worsens when your blood sugar is too high, and the disease can start to take a toll on your eyes. Controlling your blood sugar helps prevent the negative symptoms associated with diabetic eye diseases.

Maintain Good Blood Pressure/ Cholesterol

Maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels can reduce your risk of eye disease and blindness. Consider reducing the sodium level in your diet, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, and eat and healthy diet.

Stop Smoking

Smoking increases your risk for diabetic retinopathy and other diabetes-related diseases such as glaucoma. To reduce your risk of developing an eye disease, stop smoking as soon as possible.

Go for a Walk

Exercising regularly can help regulate your diabetes and your eye health. Talk to your doctor about suggested forms of exercise. You don’t have to run a marathon. Walking for 20 minutes a day has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease and reduce the risk of diabetes.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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