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How to prevent diabetic eye disease

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Problems with your eye health are some of the serious issues that can develop with diabetes. Here's an explanation of how this chronic disease affects your eyesight and how we can help you fix it.

More than 10% of the population in the United States has diabetes, putting them at risk for a number of complications ranging from cardiovascular health problems to diabetic eye diseases.

At Beraja Medical Institute, our team of eye experts understands the many eye health problems that can develop with diabetes, from diabetic retinopathy to glaucoma.

Understand diabetic eye disease

As mentioned above, diabetes can develop serious eye problems due to the systemic nature of this chronic disease. Diabetes affects the way your body regulates glucose levels in your bloodstream. When it comes to eye health for diabetics, there are two primary areas of concern:

Diabetic retinopathy

Unregulated sugar levels in the bloodstream can damage blood vessels in the eyes, causing them to leak or swell. One in three people with diabetes over the age of 40 shows signs of diabetic retinopathy, so this could be one of their main concerns if you have diabetes. This condition is one of the leading causes of vision loss.

Cataracts and glaucoma

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma and/or cataracts, which can lead to vision loss.

How to spot diabetic eye disease

There are often no warning signs until the damage is at an advanced stage. Here are some symptoms

1. Floats

2. Blurred or distorted vision

3. Dark spots in your vision

4. Decreased color vision

5. Flashes of light in your vision


How to be one step ahead of diabetic eye disease

The best way to keep your vision is through regular diabetic eye exams at Beraja Medical Institute. If our doctors detect a potential problem, we can take early steps to help you avoid irreversible damage and vision loss.

Make an appointment today and prevent vision loss. Click here: or call us at (305) 4437070

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