Top Tips for Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

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Feb 09, 2024

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Those with diabetes have their hands full when it comes to effectively managing the disease. From lifestyle changes to medication management and a plethora of medical appointments, tests, and procedures, keeping diabetes in check requires both ongoing education and dedication to following doctors’ orders.

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month, the perfect time to address this additional facet of diabetes care. You may have heard frightening statistics that link diabetes with blindness, but the truth is, most people with diabetes are at risk for less severe vision problems. However, it’s important for diabetics and those who care for them to be vigilant in keeping up with eye exams and addressing any concerns that arise immediately.

Following are a few of the leading eye conditions that may affect someone with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association:

Cataracts: The risk of cataracts is 60% more common for those with diabetes. Diabetics also are usually diagnosed with cataracts at a younger age than those without diabetes, and they typically progress faster, too. Mild cataracts can be managed by wearing sunglasses and glare-control lenses, while more developed cataracts will likely need to be removed.

Glaucoma: Because diabetics are at a 40% higher risk of contracting glaucoma, it’s crucial to be screened routinely. The risk increases with age and with the length of time a person has had diabetes. Medications are available to reduce the pressure in the eye, and surgery may be an option as well.

Retinopathy: The term “retinopathy” covers all disorders of the retina caused by diabetes, including the most common form, non-proliferative retinopathy, in which pouches form in the back of the eye, as well as proliferative retinopathy, in which blood vessels close off as the result of damage, causing new, weakened vessels to leak blood. Several different treatment options are available for both of these conditions, and as with other eye conditions, the quicker they’re treated, the better the prognosis.

Home Care Can Help!

At Home Matters Caregiving, our caregivers are skilled and experienced in helping those with diabetes follow doctors’ orders to remain in optimal health. Some of the many ways we can help include:

  • Planning and preparing nutritious, diabetes-friendly meals
  • Providing transportation to the doctor or for any necessary procedures
  • Offering encouragement to participate in doctor-approved exercises
  • Serving as a friendly companion to brighten each day
  • And much more

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