May is Healthy Vision Month, See How Diabetes Affects Your Eyesight

See How Diabetes Effects Your Eyes

Our eyes are precious. I hope you never lose sight of how diabetes can affect them. It’s too easy to believe your eyesight is changing due to aging or reasons outside of diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication that affects your eyes due to type 1 and 2 diabetes. This is driven by damage to the blood vessels on the retina.

Did you know you can avoid, slow the progression, and possibly reverse some symptoms of diabetic retinopathy? Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes. Let’s review some of the symptoms:

• Fluctuating vision
• Blurred or double vision
• Difficulty reading
• Vision loss
• Spots or dark strings floating in your vision
• Dark or empty areas in your vision
• Eye pain or pressure

Get those glucose levels down! Diabetes is a systemic problem. When your blood glucose levels are high, over time, your blood vessels become damaged. These tiny blood vessels will not be repaired. So, be kind to them.

Diabetes is not worth losing your eyesight. If you are taking medication and your A1c is above 7.5% which is an average glucose of approximately 169 mg/dL, then the combination of your medication, meal consumption, and activity are not balanced.

More medication is not necessarily the answer. Education and action bring great results in reversing this unnecessary effect from diabetes. I hope you see the importance of taking steps to keep your eyes healthy. For more information, or to book your free consultation, visit: