Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that occurs in people who have diabetes. It causes progressive damage to the retina, and according to a recent report, is the leading cause of blindness among US adults ages 20-74.
How Does Diabetes Affect My Eyes?
Diabetes interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar. It’s characterized by too much sugar in the blood, which can cause damage throughout the entirety of your body, including your eyes. Over time, diabetes damages the blood vessels in the retina and when the blood vessels begin to leak blood and other fluids, diabetic retinopathy occurs.
Leading Cause of Blindness
The CDC recently published a report that declared diabetic retinopathy as the leading cause of blindness among US adults ages 20-74. Diagnosing the condition early and treating it in a timely fashion “are critical, as 50 percent of patients are diagnosed too late for treatment to be effective, the CDC said.” For patients undergoing timely treatment, “intravitreal injection has changed the course of the disease, said Dr. Andrew Schimel, a retina specialist at the Center for Excellence in EyeCare at Baptist Health South Florida.”
Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy
People who have diabetic retinopathy can be asymptomatic or have symptoms that include seeing spots, blurred vision and difficulty seeing well at night. When people will diabetes experience high blood sugar for an extended period of time, fluid can accumulate in the lens inside of the eye that controls focusing. This leads to blurred vision until the high blood sugar is corrected.
What Can I Do?
Routine eye exams are important for maintaining healthy eyes, regardless of age or of physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, a doctor here at the Catonsville Eye can determine your prescription for eyeglasses, but he or she will also check your eyes for common diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopathy, being asymptomatic, makes an eye exam increasingly more important, as it could be the only way to detect diabetic retinopathy early on.
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