Eye problems and diabetes

eye problems and diabetes

With the rising obesity rate in the United States, more and more Americans are becoming diabetic. A person can have diabetes and not even realize it. While blood sugar testing at the primary care physician is the best method for diagnosis, signs can be found during an annual eye exam.

As a diabetic’s blood sugar rises and fluctuates, we may see large and frequent changes in their spectacle prescription. Changes to the retina are seen with prolonged unstable blood sugar levels. Diabetic retinopathy can cause bleeding, oxygen deprivation, and fluid leakage in the retina. These can all be very harmful to the retina and—if left untreated—can result in blindness.

Everyone should have an annual physical to have their blood sugar tested and an annual eye exam. to have a dilated retinal evaluation. Diagnosing diabetes and diabetic retinopathy early can lead to much better prognosis with the disease and its effects on the eyes.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

Diabetes melitus and your eyes

Diabetes affects your eyes

Diabetes Melitus is a leading cause of blindness and may have devastating effects on the retina. To help prevent and control diabetic eye disease, the National Institutes of Health recommends that anyone over the age of 45 should be tested for diabetes or prediabetes, especially if they are overweight or obese. Individuals under 45 should also consider testing if they are overweight or have a history of hypertension or high triglyceride levels.  Other risk factors for diabetes that may warrant testing include physical inactivity or a close relative with diabetes. Individuals of African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native, American Indian or Pacific Island decent are also of increased risk and should consider testing. Women with a history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, gestational diabetes or giving birth to a child weighing over 9 lbs also have an increased risk.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects many organs of the body, including your eyes. If you’re concerned that diabetes may be affecting your eyes, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today.

From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*