Eye Care for Diabetic Patients
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
People with diabetes have a very high risk for developing a variety of serious eye problems. And since diabetes is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. population, it follows that eye conditions related to diabetes will also increase. At Insight Eye Center, Dr. Rom is brought in as the board-certified ophthalmologist surgeon to help treat these conditions.
Early diagnosis is the key
Eye conditions with diabetes don’t scream for attention. In fact, early on many related eye conditions don’t exhibit noticeable symptoms to the patient. These conditions should show up during a routine eye exam. That’s when Dr. Rom may need to enter the picture to provide surgery and other treatment options.
Beyond your regular exams, if you have any of these symptoms, you need to see your eye doctor immediately.
- Your vision suddenly becomes blurry for more than two days.
- Your vision in both eyes suddenly goes away.
- You see floaters, black spots, or strings that seem to float appear in your field of vision.
- You see blinding or flashing lights.
- There is sudden pressure or pain in your eyes.
Common eye complications related to diabetes
Diabetes increases the likelihood of a person developing glaucoma by over 40% over someone without diabetes. This risk increases as a person ages, particularly if they have had diabetes a long time. Glaucoma is a result of the buildup of pressure in the eye because drainage is significantly impeded. This pressure eventually affects the optic nerve, causing vision damage.
Cataracts is a very common age-related eye condition. But a person with diabetes can develop cataracts at a younger age. Overall, diabetes increases the chances of developing cataracts by 60%. In cataracts, the lens of the eye becomes clouded and needs to be replaced with an artificial lens.
Retinopathy is a group of disorders that affect the retina of the eye. They are classified as non-proliferative and proliferative. Almost all patients with Type 1 diabetes will develop non-proliferative retinopathy, while only a smaller percentage of Type 2 diabetes patients develop it.
If you have diabetes, you and your eye doctor need to be on the lookout for related impacts on your vision. And if surgery is needed, please don’t hesitate to call us at Insight Eye Center, (440) 286-1188 (Chardon office), and (440) 205-5840 (Mentor office), to schedule your consultation.
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