Diabetic Eye Care From Your New Jersey Optometrist
Diabetic eye disease is one of the leading complications associated with diabetes and is one of the most common causes of vision loss and blindness worldwide. If you’re living with diabetes and reside near Manahawkin, Manchester, Middletown, Bricktown, Eatontown, Red Bank, Sea Girt, Hazlet, Matawan, Old Bridge, Toms River, or another nearby New Jersey community, then consider scheduling a diabetic eye exam with one of our doctors of optometry.
How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes
There are several types of eye conditions that are either directly caused by or more likely to occur due to diabetes. These include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema. Any of these can lead to vision loss and blindness.
Diabetes is a condition that causes a disruption in the way your body normally controls blood sugar, either due to an absence of or insufficient function of insulin (an important hormone secreted by the pancreas). Poor blood sugar control can lead to spiked levels in the blood, which can lead to inflammation and chronic damage in tissues throughout your body, including the delicate tissues within the eyes, such as the:
- Retina (light-sensitive tissue on the inside of the back of your eye)
- Lens (the clear disc-like structure behind the pupil)
- Conjunctiva (the mucous membrane lining the outer eye and inner eyelid)
It’s damage to these structures that lead to things like cataracts (clouding of the lens) and diabetic retinopathy (damaged and leaky blood vessels in the retina).
Top 3 Diabetic Eye Care Tips from Our New Jersey Eye Doctor
- Always work closely with your primary care doctor to ensure that you’re managing your underlying diabetes appropriately.
- Take all your medications as prescribed.
- Visit an optometrist regularly (at least once to two times per year). Regular screening and early detection are critical parts of diabetic eye care since people with this disease are more at risk for developing eye problems (for example, they are 2-5 times more likely to develop cataracts compared to people without diabetes!). While not all diabetic eye diseases are curable, they can be managed and in some cases avoided if detected and treated early.
Protect Your Eyes with Your New Jersey Optometry Team
Our optometry team has proudly served our community for over 30 years! If you, like many of our neighbors, are living with diabetes, then call the Eyes First Vision Center today to schedule a comprehensive diabetic eye exam. Dial (866) 393-7947 for general information, or check out the contact information of our specific locations.