Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes affects many parts of the body and the eyes are one of them. Over time, the blood vessels in the eyes can be damaged by high blood sugar. This condition is called diabetic retinopathy. Cataracts and glaucoma also occur more often in those who have diabetes. If you suffer from diabetes, regular eye exams with a doctor of optometry are essential. Our optometry professionals at Advanced Eyecare with locations in Blue Springs, Raymore, and Raytown will be happy to work with you to create a plan for diabetic eye care, whether you wear contact lenses, glasses, or have great vision.
How can diabetics protect their eyes?
It is very important to see a doctor of optometry at least once a year. This is true whether your vision is great or you already use vision correction aids. The doctor will look for early signs of damage so that treatment can begin immediately. Finding diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, or glaucoma as early as possible will improve any treatment results for these conditions. It is also important to keep your blood sugar under control to slow the damage to the blood vessels in the eyes. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are other problems that can lead to eye disease and eye damage. These are conditions that often coincide with diabetes, and put patients at greater risk for health problems.
More Tips for Eye Care
Eating a healthy diet full of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, and vegetables will help your overall wellness. Quitting smoking and exercising more often are also great ways to protect your eye health. Smoking negatively affects your blood vessels, which are already strained due to diabetes. Exercise can also help control your blood sugar, which will help eye health.
Local Diabetic Eye Care
Call Advanced Eyecare at (816) 353-1872 or Advanced Eyecare South at (816) 322-1872 or Blue Springs Optical at (816) 229-2020 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of optometry to talk about diabetic eye care. When it comes to your vision, don’t take any chances, call us today.