However, proper management of diabetes and its complications for vision can reduce the risk of blindness by 90%. In early stages, the patient may not have any symptoms, but still have diabetic eye disease that can be easily seen in a thorough eye exam. It is critical to get regular screening examinations to diagnose and treat the vision threatening complications of diabetes.
The information below can help you understand more about diabetes and what you can do to prevent its complications.
There are two main types of diabetes:
Diabetes can affect vision in many ways.
Twenty percent of patients will develop diabetic retinopathy. The retina is a layer of cells in the back of the eye. It functions like the film in a camera to capture what you are seeing, so that it can be transmitted to the brain. There are two main types of diabetic retinopathy.
The severity of diabetic eye disease is related to blood glucose levels. Research has shown that control of blood glucose reduces the risk, and delays the progression of diabetic retinopathy. The most important thing for patients to do is to follow the treatment plan prescribed by with their primary care physician. The right combination of medication, diet and exercise will help control blood glucose levels. Proper management of the diabetes can help prevent the devastating complication of blindness.
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