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Nurturing Vision: Observing Diabetic Awareness Month

Now that we’re deeper into the fall season, it’s time we turn our sight to Diabetic Awareness Month. At Clarkson Eyecare, this month holds a lot of significance as we emphasize the connection between diabetes and eye health. Over 37 million Americans have diabetes. That’s around 11% of the U.S. population.

As you read on, we’ll talk more about the importance of diabetic eye care, cover measures for prevention, and how Clarkson Eyecare cares about your precious vision. Clarkson Eyecare is here to show you the importance of Diabetic Awareness Month.

The Link Between Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of lives worldwide. But did you know that it can also significantly impact your eyesight? Diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts, and glaucoma are among the potential eye complications from unmanaged diabetes. High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision problems and even blindness if left untreated.

Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults. It occurs when the blood vessels in the retina become weakened and leaky due to prolonged high blood sugar levels. This condition can progress through several stages, each affecting vision differently. Early detection and proper management are vital to prevent irreversible vision loss.

Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR)

NPDR is the early stage of diabetic retinopathy. In NPDR, the blood vessels in the retina begin to weaken and leak fluid or blood. This can lead to swelling in the retina and result in distorted or blurry vision. Small yellow deposits called “exudates” might also form on the retina. NPDR can progress from mild to severe as the blood vessels deteriorate.

Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (PDR)

Suppose diabetic retinopathy progresses and the blood vessels become severely damaged. In that case, new blood vessels may grow on the retina’s surface and into the vitreous gel that fills the eye. These new blood vessels are fragile and can bleed into the eye, causing floaters or even more severe vision problems. Additionally, these new vessels can lead to scar tissue formation, which might cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, leading to vision loss.

Preventive Measures for Diabetic Eye Health

The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect your eyes if you have diabetes:

Control Blood Sugar

Keeping your blood sugar levels within the target range your healthcare provider prescribes can significantly reduce the risk of diabetic eye complications. By consistently staying within this range, you contribute to your overall well-being and establish a good defense against potential eye issues that diabetes can create.

Regular Eye Exams

Schedule comprehensive eye exams at least once a year. Our skilled team at Clarkson Eyecare is trained to detect subtle changes in your eyes that might indicate diabetic eye problems. Scheduling these examinations proactively helps us, and you find any issues early.

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Management

High blood pressure and cholesterol levels can make diabetic eye issues much worse. Monitor and manage these factors through a healthy lifestyle and prescribed medications.

Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Your daily choices can significantly impact both diabetes management and overall eye health. Having a balanced diet that prioritizes nutrient-rich foods is critical. You should also engage in regular physical activity. Not only does it help with managing diabetes, but it also promotes better circulation, which is essential for healthy eyes. It’s also best to avoid smoking and moderate alcohol consumption to preserve eye health.

Our expert team at Clarkson Eyecare is here to help you on your eye care journey. We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away!

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During Diabetic Awareness Month and beyond, you should remember that taking care of your eyes is a fundamental aspect of managing diabetes. By staying vigilant about your blood sugar levels, embracing a healthy lifestyle, and partnering with experts like the team at Clarkson Eyecare, you can significantly reduce the risk of diabetic-related eye complications. Our team at Clarkson Eyecare is here to help you with all the eye care you need.

We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away! Call or click today for more information about Diabetic Awareness Month. Reach out to schedule an appointment at Clarkson Eyecare!

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