diabetic retinopathyDid you know that blurry vision is one of the first signs of Diabetes? It’s important to act quickly and seek appropriate help to save your eyesight. If you develop an eyesight disorder due to Diabetes, this is commonly known as Diabetic Retinopathy. Keep reading to find answers to frequently asked questions:

Are there different types of Diabetic Retinopathy?

Yes, there are two main types: Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy (NPDR) and Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy. It’s important to know the difference between the two:

  • When your symptoms are mild or even non-existent, you are experiencing NPDR. This is when your eyes are in the very early stage of the disease, however, it’s still very important to take action. During this early stage, your eye’s blood vessels in the retina are weakened. This causes microaneurysms to bulge from the blood vessel walls.
  • If your symptoms are much more noticeable such as blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night, your eyes are likely entering the Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy stage. This is the more advanced stage of the disease and can cause blindness if treatment isn’t started quickly.

If I’m diabetic, what precautions should I take to avoid this disease?

Fortunately, just because you are diabetic doesn’t mean that you will definitely suffer from Diabetic Retinopathy. The American Diabetes Association lists simple tips to be proactive in your fight against this blinding disease. Consider the following: control your blood sugar levels, lower your high blood pressure, quit smoking (or don’t start), schedule a dilated eye exam annually, and talk to your eye doctor about symptoms when they begin.

When should I see my eye doctor?

Since Diabetes is a significant factor in relation to eye issues, you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. When you’re at your eye doctor, make sure you talk to them about your symptoms and any medications that you’re currently taking. Of course, the best way to fight Diabetic Retinopathy is by catching it in its early stages and taking the advice of your eye doctor seriously.

Is Diabetic Retinopathy the only eye disease that I need to be concerned about?

Diabetic people have a higher chance in developing Glaucoma and Cataracts. It’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid all three diseases so you can maintain healthy vision. If you have any issues, our team of Eyesight Specialists can help!

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