Diabetic eye disease is a complication affecting your eyes due to your diabetic condition. According to the National Eye Institute, eye disease can lead to severe vision loss and blindness if not treated.
Diabetic eye disease includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic macular edema. These eye diseases occur due to the change in the blood vessels and the macula due to uncontrolled diabetes. Diabetic individuals who want to avoid diabetic eye disease should control their diabetes to the best of their ability.
Diabetic retinopathy is the result of damage to the blood vessels behind the retina. This is typically caused by uncontrolled blood sugar levels among those with diabetes. Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy include blurry vision, floaters, spots in vision, and an inability to distinguish colors. If left untreated, this condition can lead to blindness. Treatment varies from diabetes management to eye surgery including laser therapy.
If you have diabetes, we recommend regularly scheduled eye exams by an ophthalmologist. This is your best method of preventing and managing diabetic eye disease including diabetic retinopathy. If you do not control your blood sugar well, then you are especially susceptible and want to maintain regular vision checks.
As an ophthalmologist at Omni Eye Care, Dr. Lapsi is experienced in treating other vision conditions caused by diabetes including cataracts and glaucoma. Our team strives to provide you with personalized and professional treatment for your diabetic eye condition.