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Diabetic Eye Diseases Everyone Should Know About

Diabetic Eye Diseases Everyone Should Know About

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Having diabetes, a metabolic condition or disease that affects the body’s ability to generate enough insulin, may increase your chance of having other eye conditions. If you have diabetes, you need to be aware of the types of diabetc eye diseases that could affect you. Most importantly, you need to be proactive about your eye care health.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are certain eye conditions that diabetics are more likely to have than the average person:

  • Blindness – Individuals that suffer from diabetes are more likely to become blind in comparison to those that do not have diabetes.
  • Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a condition that describes pressure build up in the eye. There is a 40% increase in risk for diabetics to suffer from glaucoma than their non-diabetic counterparts. The older patients get, the risk increases.
  • Cataracts – Cataracts is an eye condition that occurs when a person’s vision is cloudy or blurry. Diabetics have a 60% increased risk in developing cataracts – and they have an increased risk for developing cataracts faster and at much younger age than non-diabetic individuals.
  • Retinopathy – This is a term that describes all retina-related disorders caused by diabetes. Retinopathy risks include uncontrolled blood sugar and blood pressure levels; genetic; and the length of time a person has had diabetes. In fact, almost all those that have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes will suffer from retinopathy at some point in their lives.

Diabetic Eye Condition Symptoms

Symptoms may not be noticeable at first, but if you experience any of these, schedule an eye appointment right away to rule out any issues.

  • Double or blurry vision
  • Issues with not seeing things out of the corners of your eyes
  • Seeing floating or dark spots
  • The appearance of flashing lights or rings
  • Pressure or pain in either or both of your eyes

Be Proactive

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you have an annual eye exam so that your eye doctor can discover and treat any eye related problems early. Dr. Zeldes is well versed in the treatment of diabetic eye conditions and can help you. Contact Zeldes Eye Center at (248) 737-6944 to make an appointment today.


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