Keep Your Eyes Healthy
There’s a lot you can do to prevent eye problems. A
recent study shows that keeping your blood glucose level
closer to normal
can prevent or delay the onset of diabetic eye disease. Keeping
your blood pressure under control is also important. Finding
and treating eye problems early can help save sight.
It is best to have an eye doctor give you a dilated eye exam
at least once a year. The doctor will use eye drops to enlarge
(dilate) your pupils to examine the backs of your eyes. Your
eyes will be checked for signs of cataracts or glaucoma, problems
that people with diabetes are more likely to get.
Because diabetic eye disease may develop without
symptoms, regular eye exams are important for finding problems
may notice signs of vision changes. If you’re having trouble
reading, if your vision is blurred, or if you’re seeing
rings around lights, dark spots, or flashing lights, you may
have eye problems. Be sure to tell your health care team or eye
doctor about any eye problems you may have.