Diabetes doesn’t need to be one of those issues that takes over your life. Yes, you will need to adjust the way you eat and manage your health in a different way. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still do things you like to do. You just need to be aware of ways your diabetes affects your health moving forward. For example, did you know that your diabetes can impact how your eye health is? Keep reading to learn how to keep your eyes healthy when you have diabetes.
Daily Eye Checks
Every day, we recommend that you do a quick check to make sure your eyes are functioning as they should. This little test will just take a few seconds every day, so it can be easily worked into your routine whenever suits you best. Cover each eye for a few seconds every day, and make sure the uncovered eye is still focusing as normal.
One of the important issues to watch out for when you have diabetes is diabetic macular edema. When someone has diabetic macular edema, the macula (which is the center part of the retina) thickens as a result of leaking in their retinal vascular structures. Your eye doctor can help find instances of diabetic macular edema, which is why it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly.
Chances of developing cataracts increase when you have diabetes. Vision-impacting cataracts are common in patients with diabetes than those without, which is something you need to be aware of. Being more aware of your vision may take some practice, but it can help you avoid complications to catch issues when they are just beginning.
Make Regular Visits
Even if you have great vision now, seeing your eye doctor every year is still important. If you have diabetes, it’s even more crucial. We can help you understand what to look for, and how to manage the health of your eyes with diabetes.
Regardless of your health issues, everyone should see an eye doctor once a year. Give us a call at (781) 245-5200 to schedule a consultation today.