Regular diabetes eye exams and more ways to protect your vision
If you have diabetes, taking great care of your overall health is a powerful way to take care of your eyes and vision! In general, controlling blood sugar levels within the parameters your doctor tells you can help you avoid all diabetes-related complications. Additionally, regular visits to our Fort Worth, Texas, eye doctor will ensure that any problems in your eyes are detected early, enabling early treatment to prevent vision loss.
Diabetes and Your Eyes
If you run high blood sugars, it will damage the tiny blood vessels in your eye over time – leading to a dangerous eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. Elevated blood sugars can also lead to glaucoma and cataracts, all sight-threatening ocular diseases that are more common in people with diabetes.
Be Aware of Diabetic Eye Care
Fortunately, vision loss from diabetes is not inevitable! There are plenty of proactive measures you can take to control your diabetes and protect your eyes. For example:
Visit your eye doctor for yearly comprehensive eye exams
During your eye exam in Fort Worth, Texas, our eye doctor will use dilating eye drops to enlarge your pupil and check the blood vessels at the back of your eye for any early signs of a problem. We can recommend treatment to help prevent serious damage.
Keep blood sugar levels under control
By maintaining healthy blood glucose levels, you can slow any damage to the small blood vessels in your eyes. In general, your A1c blood test (an average of blood sugars over the past 2-3 months) should be 7% or less.
Keep blood cholesterol levels healthy
A simple blood test can assess how much “good” HDL cholesterol and how much “bad” LDL you have. If you have too much LDL, you are at an increased risk of damage to your blood vessels.
Control high blood pressure
Hypertension also puts you at a higher risk for eye disease. When you visit your doctor, be sure to get your blood pressure checked. Ideally, it should be less than 130/80.
Not only does exercise have positive effects on your blood sugar, it also keeps your blood flowing and promotes overall health – including visual health.
If making healthy food choices doesn’t come naturally to you, consult with a nutritionist. The best foods to reach for are fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. If you inject insulin or take medications, you’ll need to match all the food you eat to your medicine regimen; consult with your doctor to design the most effective plan.
Puffing on a cigarette can lead to problems with your blood circulation, which directly raises your risk of eye trouble.
Diabetes and Signs of an Eye Emergency
If you experience any of the following, seek medical assistance as soon as possible:
- Loss of sight in one or both eyes
- Blurry vision
- Sudden appearance of black spots
- Flashes of light
At Eagle Mountain Family Eye Care, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-769-6601 or book an appointment online to see one of our Fort Worth eye doctors.
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