You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.
When you have diabetes, multiple things about how your body functions are affected, and that is including your eyes and your vision. If you are diabetic, it is critical to have your eyes examined by an eye doctor on a regular basis, but there are always questions that can come about. Here is a look at some of the important things you will want to know about your vision if you are diabetic.
How often should you have your eyes examined as a diabetic?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, or even if you have elevated blood sugar levels, it is best to have your eyes checked every one or two years by an optometrist. Even though your primary care physician may actually look at your eyes during a regular exam, this is not the same thing as having your eyes examined with the professional equipment available at the eye doctor. People who have already been diagnosed with an eye condition related to their diabetes, such as macular degeneration, may need additional eye exams to monitor their health conditions.
Will glasses help your vision if you are diabetic?
It can depend on the condition of your eyes whether eyeglasses will help to correct your vision if you are diabetic. Sometimes, the damage done to the eye will be relative to changes in the eye lens, which can sometimes be corrected with glasses. For other conditions, glasses may not always do much good. For instance, if you have diabetic retinopathy, glasses may not help correct your vision because of blood vessels in the back of the eye may be damaged.
Is it normal for your vision to get better and worse with diabetes?
Your blood sugar levels have a direct effect on your vision, and the changing levels can make your vision better or worse. Therefore, as a diabetic, you may actually see your vision improve when your blood sugar levels are stable. Likewise, unstable blood sugar levels can cause your vision to be worse. It is important to note this because if you do get glasses, there is a chance that sometimes your glasses will help you see better than others if your blood sugar is not well-maintained. Some people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes and start on medications will actually see a drastic improvement in their vision to a point that they may not need their glasses.