As is the case with many health issues related to diabetes, proper blood sugar management is vital to help maintain healthy vision for diabetics. Unfortunately, poor blood sugar management can lead to diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy or retinal detachment occurs when high blood-sugar levels cause damage to the blood vessels in the back of the eye. This can lead to floaters or small pieces of detached retina that can float across your field of vision and interfere with your eyesight. It can also lead to blurriness, dark areas in your field of vision, or difficulty seeing colors. Left untreated, it can eventually lead to blindness.
For mild cases of diabetic retinopathy, treatment includes careful blood-sugar management. However, severe cases can require surgery or laser treatment.
If you are worried that you might have symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, please schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists.