November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, Don’t Miss Your Regular Eye Test!
7th November 2019
This November, as part of the Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, we would like to focus your attention on the importance of regular eye checks. Diabetic Eye Disease, also known as diabetic retinopathy, is the 2nd most common eye condition that affects the retina, therefore it’s essential to raise awareness.
Diabetic eye disease can cause changes to your sight very drastically, and if untreated, it may result in blindness. It’s vital to be aware of its risks and how to lower them, primarily because in the initial stages, you may experience no symptoms.
Prevention steps include, first and foremost regular eye checks; receiving professional advice during your eye health check is crucial.
Keep an eye on your sugar level
Diabetes is the primary risk that may cause diabetic retinopathy; however, it may take a long time for diabetes to affect your vision. Therefore, it’s important to have regular eye checks with your local optometrist or ophthalmologists for identifying any possible early signs. Especially if affected by diabetes type 1 or type 2, a full eye check should be carried out once a year. Abnormal sugar levels affect your blood vessels, including your extremely delicate eye blood vessels, which may break and cause haemorrhages. In the later stage of diabetic retinopathy, if the blood vessels break, you may experience floaters and blurry vision because the blood covers part of the retina.
Read more about the factors and diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy here:
2nd Most Common Retinal Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Keep an Eye on Your Blood Sugar
More on eye diseases will follow in our next posts.
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