Focus of the Month: November: Diabetic Eye Disease
What exactly is diabetic eye disease? Diabetic eye disease is a group of visual conditions that can affect patients with diabetes. Some of these include but are not limited to: cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic patients are 3x more likely to develop cataracts especially at a younger age. Diabetes also doubles a patients risk of developing glaucoma than patients that do not have diabetes.
Diabetic macular edema is a buildup of fluid in the macula. This is the leading cause of vision loss among diabetic patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic Retinopthy is a result of damage to the blood vessels in the retina. This usually happens when blood sugar levels are high. The key is to keep your disease under control.