Did you know that diabetes can seriously affect your vision? That’s what Dr. Michelle Carle spoke about on Central Valley Today with Alex Delgado. This is a serious problem that can go unnoticed until it is too late to reverse the damage. Some people may not even know they have diabetes until it begins affecting their eyesight. The Central Valley has some of the highest diabetes rates in all of California, making eye exams for people in this area even more important.
Over 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes and, of those, 8.1 million people remain undiagnosed.
The primary effect of diabetes on the eyes is diabetic retinopathy, which is when the blood vessels in the back of the eye rupture and leak. This can lead to a type of glaucoma, as well as cataracts. These issues, if left untreated, can result in serious vision loss and blindness. However, people with diabetes are not guaranteed to go blind. With regular screenings and preventative healthcare, they may suffer no vision loss at all.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to stop by EYE-Q to get your annual vision exam. If you know that you have diabetes, make sure you talk with your doctor about how often you should be getting check-ups; he or she may recommend more frequent appointments to help you maintain healthy vision.
For more information, check out the interview here. You can also take a look at this great infographic, which gives you the basic facts about the relationship between diabetes and vision loss. In the spirit of Diabetes Awareness Month, exercise regularly, eat healthy and get your vision checked for signs of diabetic retinopathy. Together, we can lessen the impact of diabetes on our community and ourselves!