Did you know that people with diabetes are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma, and 60% more likely to develop cataracts? The good news is, patients who receive regular eye exams can often catch potential issues while they’re minor and start treatment before the problem worsens.
Your eye doctor can test whether you have pressure building in your eyes (glaucoma), a condition which can pinch blood vessels to your optic nerve and cause long-term damage. Your doctor may suggest treatment options, such as medications that can decrease the pressure, or in more severe cases, surgery. If you start noticing your vision becoming cloudy, you may have cataracts that obscure the lens in your eye and prevent light from passing as easily. Surgical options can often resolve cataracts, but discuss specific treatment options for your unique situation with your doctor.
The American Diabetes Association has some great resources on eye care for patients with diabetes, including the information sheet below:
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