If you have diabetes, you probably know you have to look after yourself more than most. The effects of diabetes on your eyes is one of the biggest concerns that people have. An array of conditions can be brought on due to diabetes, ranging from the uncomfortable and inconvenient through to more severe and scary. Read on to find out everything you need to know about diabetes affecting your eyes.
You already know that monitoring and managing your blood sugar is an essential part of living with diabetes. However, did you know that spikes in your blood sugar can cause your vision to blur? If this has happened to you, then you’ll need to get your blood sugar back to within its target range, but it could take a few months before your vision returns to normal. As with any diabetes-related complications, you should always consult a doctor if you’re worried.
Cataracts and glaucoma are two of the more common eye conditions that can be brought on by diabetes. Adults with diabetes are 2-5 times more likely to contract these eye diseases than those without diabetes, so it’s something you need to watch out for! They often occur at a younger age for those with diabetes too.
On the more severe end of the spectrum is the scarily-named Diabetic Retinopathy. Caused by continuously high blood sugar levels, it damages the back of the eye and can lead to blindness if left untreated. It’s vital that you monitor your blood sugar levels to ensure they’re always within the target range, and diabetic eye screening appointments are a good idea too.
Worried about Diabetic Retinopathy? I don’t blame you. While it’s a risk for anyone with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you’re at more significant risk if you fall into any of the below criteria:
You’re a long-time diabetic
You have persistently high blood sugar
You have high blood pressure or cholesterol
You’re pregnant
You’re of Asian or Afro-Caribbean background
Source: NHS
You don’t have to take all this on by yourself though. As a Diabetes Management Coach, I’m here to help you with every area of your condition. Through mindfulness, proper nutrition and education we can help prevent the eye conditions mentioned in this blog. Get in touch here!