“What has diabetes got to do with my eyesight?”, you may ask. Well, the answer is – more than you can imagine! The reach of diabetes is not just limited to your heart and kidneys, but extends to your eyes as well.
So what really is diabetic eye disease?
Diabetic eye disease can be defined as a number of eye problems that arise from the central cause of diabetes – cataract, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy to name a few.
If not addressed at the right time, diabetes can create havoc especially when it comes to the health of your eyes in the form of poor vision, or blindness in extreme cases. However, if the problem is addressed at the root which happens to be diabetes in general, eye diabetes will automatically be taken care of.
- Here are some rudimentary ways to manage your diabetes –
1) Keep your cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure levels in check. There’s a reason these parameters are called diabetes ABCs.
2) Smoking is a strict no-no – whether you’re diabetic or not.
3) Be sure to do a routine dilated eye exam every year.
The reason diabetic eye disease is so deadly is that it usually operates under the radar - it does not come with any obvious warning signs. A full dilated eye test can help diagnose early symptoms and address them immediately.
Hence Dr. Nita Shah, ophthalmologist at Aayush Eye Clinic Chembur, always advises people to take utmost care of themselves and prevent Diabetes in first place and if you are a diabetic patient then get yourself checked before it’s too late and maintain yearly visit to your doctor even if your vision seems fine.