Diabetic Eye Health

Fluctuating blood sugars are known to cause fluctuating vision. There is a correlation between the change in blood sugar levels and the ability of the crystalline lens in your eye to maintain a sharp focus. High blood sugar weakens the blood vessels in your eyes. Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults.

When you were a child, “going to the eye doctor” probably meant going to an optometrist, a doctor who can test and evaluate your vision and prescribe glasses or contact lenses, if needed.

You can then take your prescription to an optician who specializes in providing eyewear that meets your optometrist’s prescription, can fit you with the eyewear, and can adjust the eyewear to your needs.

An ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases of the eyes and can perform surgeries, if needed, and treat other serious eye problems.

  • See an optometrist if you need a vision exam and evaluation, need to update your prescription, or are unsure about the status of your eye health.
  • Visit an ophthalmologist if you suspect you have a serious eye condition or may need surgery.
  • Go to an optician to purchase glasses and contact lenses or to get your glasses adjusted.

For more details about eye diseases, please see this article:

Diabetic Eye Health

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