NY eye doctor Satish Modi, M.D. shared some important information and facts about diabetes, diabetic retinopathy and eye problems. Dr. Modi explained, “Diabetes can have a significant effect on your eyes and vision. This disease affects your ability to produce or use insulin properly and thus control blood sugar levels. Too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage to the blood vessels-especially the small blood vessels in the heart, kidneys and eyes.”
When the blood vessels in the retina swell, leak or close off completely, or if abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina, it results in diabetic retinopathy. “Those people who are at greater risk of developing diabetic retinopathy are those who have poor blood sugar control, women who are pregnant and people with high blood pressure, high blood lipids or both,” further explained Dr. Modi. “In addition, people who are from certain ethnic groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are more likely to develop diabetic retinopathy.”
Diabetes can cause vision in your eyes to change even if you do not have retinopathy. If your blood sugar levels change quickly, it can affect the shape of your eye’s crystalline lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps reduce episodes of blurry vision. If you or someone you know has diabetes or even high blood sugar, especially if there is a family history of diabetes-you should have regular eye exams to help protect your eye health and vision. The key to successful treatment of diabetic retinopathy is early detection and intervention. If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes please make sure that they are getting regular eye exams to help preserve their eye health and vision. Please feel free to call Seeta Eye Centers and schedule an eye examination by calling 845-454-1025 , visiting Seeta Eye Centers or facebook.com/seetaeyecenters.
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