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4 Tips for Diabetic Eye Care

// March 06, 2018

Don’t Let Diabetic Eye Trouble Ruin March Madness

Four Tips for Diabetic Eye Care

Don’t let diabetic eye diseases keep you from celebrating March Madness this month. Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, forming healthy eye care habits will save your vision and allow you to watch every NCAA game this March.

Practice these four tips and prevent diseases like diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma from developing:

  1. Regularly schedule eye doctor appointments

Many diabetic eye diseases go unnoticed in their early stages. Receiving a comprehensive dilated eye examination from your eye doctor once a year can prevent diabetic eye disease. Monitoring your eyes’ health regularly allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment quickly if any signs of diseases appear.

  1. Control your blood sugar levels

When your blood sugar reaches higher levels, the shape of your eye’s lens can cause blurry vision. Once blood sugar levels stabilize your vision will return to normal. However, when this happens the tiny blood vessels in your eyes can be severely damaged. Maintaining control over your blood sugar levels prevents these problems.

  1. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check

Similar to blood sugar levels, maintaining your blood pressure and cholesterol optimizes your eye health. High blood pressure and cholesterol levels put you at greater risk of developing eye diseases and vision loss. When your levels are in check your eye health will improve immensely.

  1. Practice healthy habits

Eating healthy, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking have the added benefit of reducing the risk of eye disease. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are both good habits that preserve good vision and eye health. However, smoking puts you at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other diabetes-related diseases. When you quit smoking and practice other healthy habits you greatly reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye diseases.

Don’t postpone medical care if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms:

Our doctors treat patients in virtually every eye care specialty including diabetic eye care, optometry, and optics.  All of Excel Eye Center’s doctors and staff are committed to providing the highest quality service and personal care. Celebrate March Madness the right way by visiting Excel this month