People with diabetes can sometimes develop an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This happens when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in your retina. The blood vessels may swell, leak, or even cut off blood from flowing through. This can cause vision changes and loss.
At Optical Expressions, we can help you understand your risk level for diabetic retinopathy and the available solutions.
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy is an eye disease that damages blood vessels in your retina and damages your vision. You may not notice symptoms at first, but diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.
This disease affects people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. If you’ve had diabetes for any time, you’re at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. To help prevent vision loss, get your eye health evaluated by our optometrists.
Outside of having type 1 or type 2 diabetes, several other factors, habits, and lifestyles may contribute to you developing diabetic retinopathy.
When Should You Get Checked for Diabetic Retinopathy?
Are you noticing symptoms of diabetic retinopathy? Do you have diabetes or more than one of the risk factors above? Get your eyes checked for diabetic retinopathy. A regular eye exam can help prevent further vision loss and detect problems right away.
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Having diabetes doesn’t mean you’ll develop diabetic retinopathy, but you shouldn’t risk it. Let our optometrists evaluate your vision and help protect your eye health.