This is essential for maintaining your eye health and ensuring that you have not suffered any damage to your eyes or vision loss as a result of your elevated blood sugar. Of course, if you are diabetic then you should always monitor your blood sugar and work in conjunction with your physician to coordinate the proper protocols, including diet and medication. But your eyes can also be affected and you may not experience any symptoms to make you aware that anything is going on. By the time symptoms appear, you likely would already have suffered with some level of damage to your eyes. This is why a diabetic eye exam is a cornerstone of your eye health.
What happens is that your retinal blood vessels can become injured from high blood sugar. If left unchecked, eventually the blood flow to your eyes can become blocked and this can cause a loss of vision. Unfortunately, your risk for contacting retinopathy increases the longer you have diabetes. And additional factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, or being pregnant can elevate your risk even further. When symptoms do become apparent, they can include blurred vision, loss of vision, problems in color perception, and seeing spots in front of your eyes (often called floaters). If you do experience any of those symptoms, you should call right away and schedule one of our diabetic eye exams in Wicker Park, regardless of when you had your previous exam.
Depending on how severe your condition is upon being diagnosed with retinopathy, your treatment can vary. You may need only to get your blood sugar under control if your case is mild. More advanced instances may require laser surgery to prevent blood from leaking into the eye or to shrink enlarged blood vessels. What’s most important is to schedule our diabetic eye exams in Wicker Park. Retinopathy is manageable, but needs to be diagnosed so that the required attention can be paid to address it.