If you have diabetes and live in or near Cape Girardeau, Perryville or Fredericktown, Missouri and have not yet had your eyes examined, do not wait, make an appoint now. Early detection and management are essential to preserve your eyesight. Our optometrists have extensive experience in dealing with this condition. Early detection followed with proper management is a must for preserving eyesight.
If you have diabetes you are at risk for diabetic eye disease. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems including diabetic retinopathy that people with diabetes may face as a complication of this disease. All can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.
Diabetic eye disease has no warning signs. Finding and treating the disease early, before it causes vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease. If you have diabetes, make sure you get a dilated eye examination at least once a year.
Finding and treating the disease early, before it causes vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease.
Think of all the beautiful things you wouldn't see if you lost your sight. If you have diabetes, get a dilated eye exam and keep your health on TRACK. Call our offices to set up your appointment.
Staying on TRACK
Take your medications.
Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Add physical activity to your daily routine.
Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Kick the smoking habit.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetes is a very serious disease that can cause problems such as blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, and amputations. But by taking good care of yourself through diet, exercise, and special medications, diabetes can be controlled. And there is more good news. Diabetic eye disease, a complication of diabetes, can be treated before vision loss occurs. All people with diabetes need to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.
What is diabetic eye disease?
Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of this disease. All can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.
Diabetic eye disease includes:
- Diabetic retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina.
- Cataract: Clouding of the lens of the eye.
- Glaucoma: Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision.
Here's a short video from the National Eye Institute explaining the dangers of undetected diabetic eye disease
Diabetes is a disease that can cause very serious health problems. If you have diabetes:
- Know your ABCs: A1C (blood glucose), blood pressure (BP), and cholesterol numbers
- Take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor
- Monitor your blood sugar daily
- Reach and stay at a healthy weight
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Quit smoking