Diabetics know they need to monitor blood sugar, but some dont realize the importance of paying close attention to their eyesight. Being a diabetic comes with an increased risk of developing poor eyesight. Having high blood sugar for extended periods of time will weaken the blood vessels in the retina and can cause diabetic retinopathy.
The beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy are mild. However, it can eventually cause blindness. The longer high blood sugar goes unchecked, the higher the risk of developing this condition.
The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy
The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, described by the Mayo Clinic, include:
Spots or dark strings floating in your field of vision (floaters)Blurred visionFluctuating visionImpaired color visionDark or empty areas in your visionVision loss
If youre a diabetic and experience any of these symptoms, you should see an eye doctor right away for an exam. Its a good idea to get an exam done every year to keep an eye on the progression of symptoms. Eye experts from the Swagel Wootton Eye Institute say that regular eye exams even ...