Protect Your Eyes From Diabetes
Diabetes is a health condition that affects the way your body processes sugar levels in your blood. High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of developing serious health complications, including some that can affect your eyes.
Diabetes Affects Your Eye Health
When you have high blood sugar levels, your vision center is one of many parts of the body that can be adversely affected. In fact, blurry vision is one of the first signs from your body that blood sugar levels may be high.
Diabetes can increase the risk of developing various eye diseases, and many of them have no noticeable symptoms in their early stages. If left untreated, these diseases can result in permanent vision loss.
Some of the most common diseases include:
The inner lining at the back of your eye is called the retina. Its function is to read light that has been focused through the lens, then convert that light into neural signals. Your brain requires these neural signals to help you see.
Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar weakens, blocks, or damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina. In more advanced stages of diabetic retinopathy, blocked vessels can eventually attempt to build new pathways to the retina. These abnormal vessels can cause serious vision problems and increase the risk of retinal detachment and vision loss.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema occurs when fluid leaks into the retina, causing the macula to swell. A symptom of macular swelling is a distortion in the center of your field of vision. In more advanced cases, it can lead to vision loss.
We Care About Your Eyesight
Early intervention is critical when it comes to diabetic eye diseases. Our team recommends having annual dilated eye exams as part of your health care routine. Diabetic eye diseases can seem threatening and scary, but we’ll work with you to find the right strategy for you.
Treatment with compassion and care is an enduring value at Richmond Vision Care, and you can feel safe and confident knowing your vision health is in our hands. Contact us for an appointment. We want to be in your corner!
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Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed