Are you type 1 or type 2 diabetic? If so, your vision and the health of your eyes are both in danger as a result of the potential effects of the disease. With diabetic eye care here at Metropolitan Optical, it is our priority to prevent the worst consequences of diabetes on your ocular well-being.
The biggest threats that diabetes pose are diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Symptoms associated with diabetic retinopathy are floaters (spots in your field of vision), difficulty with color perception, blurry vision, and a loss of vision to any degree. Glaucoma has similar symptoms, along with possible eye pain. But the real concern is the fact that neither of these eye diseases reveal those symptoms until they have become advanced. And by that time, you will probably have suffered either vision loss, eye damage, or both. And these results can be irreversible. That’s why we strongly urge you to have our diabetes screening in Washington annually. By doing so, our eye doctor can detect indications of eye disease early enough to treat and manage it effectively. Though neither disease is curable, the best outcomes are associated with prompt diagnosis. Depending on the severity, you may be referred to a specialist for the appropriate follow-up care. In addition to our diabetes screening in Washington, you should work closely with your primary care doctor and/or diabetes specialist to keep your blood sugar controlled properly. With the right nutrition, medications, and even exercise, getting that done will be much easier.
Being proactive when it comes to your health in general, and your eyes in particular, is always a good idea. While it’s on your mind, please contact our office and schedule a convenient time to come in for our diabetes screening in Washington. It’s a big part of a comprehensive strategy for diabetic eye care.