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November is Diabetes Month: Diabetes and Healthy Vision

Since approximately 11% of Americans, ages 20 to 79, have diabetes, it is of the utmost importance that the public learns about the health risks associated with the disease.

While it’s well known that diabetes can increase your chance of heart attacks, kidney damage, and cancer, diabetes can also negatively impact one’s overall eye health. 

In recognition of National Diabetes Month, below is a list of the most common eye problems that can occur as a result of diabetes: 

  1. Blurred vision: When a person’s blood sugar level gets too high, it can cause the lens to expand, causing blurred and impaired vision. While this is perhaps the least serious of diabetes-related vision problems, it is still one that needs to be addressed straight away so as not to cause any long-lasting damage to the eye.
  2. Cataracts: Although we’ve discussed cataracts before, this time, we’ll be focusing on the specific relationship between cataracts and diabetes. Cataracts (or a clouding of the lens, which could lead to impaired vision) tend to occur even more frequently in people with diabetes and often with greater severity. In many advanced cases, surgery is necessary.
  3. Diabetic Retinopathy: Perhaps the most serious vision impairment brought on by diabetes is diabetic retinopathy, a condition that occurs when the blood vessels of the retina are severely damaged (as a result of high blood sugar). If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause irreversible blindness.

Though several vision complications can arise as a result of diabetes and high blood sugar, by incorporating a balanced diet, active lifestyle, and frequent eye exams into your routine, many (if not all) of these complications can be prevented or adequately treated.

To learn more about maintaining healthy vision, or to schedule an appointment today, visit us at http://nationwidevision.com or call 1-800-EYECARE.