Diabetes and Eye


  • People with diabetes are at a high risk for eye complications.
  • People with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes.
  • If you do develop a major problem, there are treatments that often work well if you begin them right away
  • Usually there are few or no symptoms at the time the damage is occurring.
  • Eye exams will reveal the under lying problem and allow your eye doctor to treat it.
  • Treatment can slow down the progression and maintain vision.

Diabetic eye disease?

Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that can affect people with diabetes.

These conditions include :

  • Retinopathy
  • Cataracts
  • Macular edema
  • Glaucoma

Who is more likely to develop diabetic eye disease?

Anyone with diabetes can develop diabetic eye disease. Your risk is greater with

  • High blood glucose that is not treated
  • High blood pressure that is not treated
  • High blood cholesterol and smoking may also raise your risk for diabetic eye disease.

Symptoms of eye that needs emergency action emergencies:

  • Loss of vision,
  • Holes in vision,
  • Showers of sparking white lights,
  • Black curtains over vision,
  • Spots of fuzzy print, hazy vision,

Care for healthy Eye:

  • Control your blood sugar , blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke
  • Use Ultra-violet protected eye glasses
  • See your ophthalmologist regularly

If you have symptoms of any of the eye emergencies, seek medical care immediately

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