Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness
Vision can be affected by high blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is the inability of the body to use and store sugar properly, resulting in high blood sugar levels. The disease is caused by changes in veins, arteries, and capillaries in the body, which in turn affect the body's ability to produce the insulin needed to control blood sugar levels.
If your blood sugar levels change quickly, your vision can be affected. Even if you do not have retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, high sugar levels can affect the shape of the eye's lens causing blurry vision. Maintaining control of your blood sugar helps reduce these episodes of blurry vision. Click here for more information about the two forms of Diabetic Retinopathy: Nonproliferative (NPDR) and Proliferative (PDR).
Treating Diabetic Retinopathy
The best treatment is to prevent development of retinopathy as much as possible. Strict control of your blood sugar will significantly reduce the long-term risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy. Laser surgery is often recommended for people with macular edema, PDR, and neovascular glaucoma. Newer treatments are being investigated, including intraocular injections of medicine.
David Westrich, MD, FACS and Tatyana Metelitsina, MD are fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeons specializing in treatment of retinal eye disease. Contact Eye Care Specialists at 573.335.3577 or 800.455.3937 for a consultation.