Diabetes Can Lead to Significant Complications
Approximately 11% of the U.S. population has diabetes, requiring them to take special care of their health. Diabetes occurs when the body can’t or doesn’t use insulin, which helps break down blood glucose (sugar). Unmanaged diabetes can lead to a build-up of glucose that may cause health problems.
We’re well-equipped to care for patients with diabetes and can help you protect your vision and manage your condition. Visit us at Vision Source Baytown for eye exams tailored to your diabetes-related needs.
How Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision
Complications related to diabetes occur due to high blood sugar. When these levels are too high, it can lead to temporary vision loss, but unmanaged diabetes can lead to serious vision problems. High blood glucose levels for extended periods can lead to diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is a significant eye condition that can lead to severe vision loss for people with diabetes. It causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina when blood sugar is high for extended periods. There are 2 stages of this condition.
The first stage of this condition is nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when tiny bulges emerge from the blood vessels in your retina. These bulges may burst and leak fluid and blood into the retina.
The later stage of this condition is proliferative diabetic retinopathy. This stage happens when there is limited oxygen flow, depriving the retina and causing the development of abnormal blood vessels. These blood vessels are fragile and may leak blood into your eye.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema is a complication of diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when fluid builds up in the macula, an area in the center of your retina. This fluid build-up causes the macula to swell and thicken, distorting vision.
For accurate diagnosis and monitoring of diabetic eye disease, we have invested in effective technologies to catch issues as early as possible.
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an imaging tool used to take photos of the back of your eye. This technology allows us to see the layers of your retina in detail, helping to catch early signs of diabetic eye disease. OCT assists us when looking at the blood vessels in your retina and how diabetes impacts them.
Signs of Complications Related to Diabetes
Many eye conditions related to diabetes can lead to potential vision loss. These issues may develop without any visual symptoms. Catching these conditions before they damage your vision is crucial to preserving your eyesight long-term.
Contact us for an assessment if you experience any of the following:
- Blurry or wavy vision
- Frequently changing vision
- Dark areas in your vision
- Vision loss
- Spots or dark strings in your vision
- Flashes of light
Managing Diabetes Together
Annual eye exams are crucial when managing diabetes. Besides identifying possible problems and tracking your eye health, we can offer recommendations on managing your condition. Together, we can preserve your vision and protect your eye health.
You can find us at the corner of East Fwy and Garth Road, in the shopping center.