Preventing Diabetic Blindness
Preventing diabetic blindness may require lifestyle changes to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure, two important factors in managing diabetes.
Our doctors recommend that you take the following preventative steps:
- Eat a diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats such as nuts and seeds.
- Exercise regularly
- Take insulin or other medications as prescribed
- Quit smoking
- Avoid hazardous activities that may result in trauma to the eye
Another step to assist in monitoring retina health is an annual eye exam with your ophthalmologist/optometrist and regular retina screenings. Do not delay in seeing your ophthalmologist if floaters, blurred vision or other changes in vision occur.
These symptoms should be addressed early to prevent long-term or permanent damage. Screenings can detect early signs of retina conditions ultimately helping to prevent vision loss. If Diabetic Retinopathy is detected, it is vital to follow the treatment plans prescribed by your doctor to prevent long-term damage.