Did you know that 11 million Canadians have either diabetes or prediabetes? What a lot of people don’t realize about diabetes is the effects it can have on your eyes. November is Diabetes awareness and Diabetic eye disease month, so lets go over some information on Diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic Retinopathy happens when the blood vessels in the retina of your eye get weak or swell, which can result in blood leakage, growth of new blood vessels, etc. Diabetic Retinopathy affects 23% of Type 1 patients, and 14% of Type 2.
Symptoms may not show up right away, but can cause changes down the road such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and can lead to blindness. Early symptoms that may show can be loss of central vision, blurry vision, flashes of light in the field of vision, unable to see colours, or black spots or holes in vision. It’s important to keep your diabetes under control as the longer your Diabetes is out of control and the longer your levels are high, it can actually block off the small blood vessels that keep your Retina healthy.
A lot of people think that a visit to your GP is the only way to detect Diabetes; keeping up to date with eye exams is important as it can act as a detection for Diabetes.
If you have any other questions about Diabetes and your eyes, give us a call and we would be happy to answer!