A lesser known fact for many diabetic patients is that eye health and diabetes go hand in hand. Diabetes is currently the leading cause of blindness in Americans over the age of 40. Annual eye exams for diabetic patients are not only highly recommended but of upmost importance. Eye damage can occur without any obvious signs to the patient.
The earlier your disease is detected, the more effective your results will be from treatment and/or surgery. Treatment prior to vision loss is the best way of preventing permanent eye damage. During your annual exam, you will be screened for any signs of glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye health problems.
If you experience any new symptoms between exams, it’s time to talk to your eye care specialist regarding treatment. If caught early, these symptoms can be helped with a simple prescription or medication change.
Common Symptoms of Eye Disease
- Eye Discomfort
- Light “Halos”
- Droopy Eyelids
- Flashing Lights
- Glare During Day
- Decrease in Night Vision
These symptoms can also indicate a progression in your disease, which has further implications on your health. The only area in which blood vessels are visible are in your eyes, so if changes are found, the probability of them also occurring elsewhere is very high.
It is important for diabetic patients to continuously monitor their eye health. If detected early, vision problems can be treated and often corrected. In addition, your eye exams provide warning signs of other possible changes in your overall medical health. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to schedule an appointment today.