It may surprise you to know that people with diabetes are 25 times more likely to develop blindness than the general population.
Diabetes can affect and damage a person’s eyes without them even knowing it because it usually causes no symptoms in its early stages. What’s more, it is during these early stages that diabetic retinopathy is most treatable. That is why our doctors and the American Association of Ophthalmology recommend that diabetics have their eyes dilated and examined every year.
If you have fairly large, rapid shifts in your blood sugar levels, you may notice that your vision becomes blurry. This difficulty with vision or focusing will disappear once blood sugar levels have been stable for approximately one week.
Even if you have background diabetic retinopathy or early proliferative diabetic retinopathy, it is possible that you may not have any symptoms. Many people with severe diabetic eye disease do not realize that they have a vision problem until it is too late and permanent damage has already occurred.
Preventative Maintenance is the only reliable option to prevent ocular complications from diabetes. Have your eyes dilated and examined every year by one of our doctors.