Why does this matter to us? Diabetes can cause damage to your eyes that could lead to poor vision or even blindness. Over time, high blood sugar can cause weakened blood vessels throughout the body. These weak vessels can leak blood into the eye, which can cause major problems. This is called diabetic retinopathy.
Other problems, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachments can also be caused by diabetes over time. For this reason, we like to see our patients who have diabetes once every year for a comprehensive eye examination. If one of the above problems are found, treatment can be initiated.
Research shows that early initiation of treatment can mean better visual outcomes.