Most doctors recommend that diabetic patients should visit an eye specialist frequently and should take special care of their eyesight. The reason is that people who are suffering from diabetes are more prone to lose their eyesight or suffer from eye diseases as compared to healthy individuals.
Diabetes is a medical condition that people of varying ages suffer from. Anyone, from the age of 20 to the age of 74, can suffer from high blood sugar levels and need insulin in order to keep their levels low.
Diabetic retinopathy, which is the major cause of eye problems and blindness in diabetic patients, is a condition where the eye becomes damaged without any prior warning signs. The condition worsens rapidly, leading to complete blindness and loss of vision in one or both eyes.
The damage can only be controlled if the problem is detected in time. This is why diabetic patients are recommended to visit an optometrist for a scheduled eye checkup frequently; so that any sudden damage to the eye that may not be noticeable to the individual, will be detected by the doctor who will treat the condition accordingly.
Although patients with Type 1 Diabetes are more likely to suffer from retinopathy, it is advised that every Type 2 patients should not take the condition lightly and visit the optometrist for frequent checkups.
Eye Care for Diabetic Patients
In general, diabetic patients need to:
- Schedule appointments with an eye care professional at regular intervals.
- Maintain their blood sugar at a stable level.
- Keep their blood pressure levels under control.
- Aim for a lower cholesterol level.
- Eat healthy foods.
- Quit smoking.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
Aside from this, diabetic patients should immediately visit an eye specialist if they are suffering from a blurred vision, black spots in front of the eyes or flashes of light. An optometrist should also be consulted in cases where partial or complete loss of vision occurs in one of both eyes.
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