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Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of vision complications that affect patients with diabetes. Diabetes has the potential to damage the blood vessels in the retina, potentially causing diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, or glaucoma, all of which can lead to vision loss and blindness. At Mitchell Eye Center we offer patients comprehensive eye exams, eye surgery, and more in Boca Raton, FL, so that you can remain healthy and on top of treatment for any vision complications related to diabetes. Here are our five tips for preventing Diabetic Eye Disease.

Undergo Annual Dilated Eye Exams

Early detection and treatment are the keys to preventing irreversible vision loss, which is why it is crucial for diabetic patients to undergo a dilated eye exam at least once a year. If your vision changes unexpectedly or you experience an unfamiliar symptom such as spots, floaters, or other aberrations in the vision field, see an ophthalmologist immediately.

Control Your Blood Sugar Carefully

Diabetics already know the importance of monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels. It is extra important to do so carefully and consistently because high blood sugar can change the shape of the lens in your eye causing blurry vision, and can also damage the blood vessels in the eye.

Control Your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

High blood pressure and high cholesterol can contribute to vision loss, piling more risk factors onto those already present with diabetes. In order to relieve the pressure on your body and improve your health, keep an eye on these levels and talk to your doctor about keeping them under control.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Part of controlling your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol is eating a healthy diet. Additionally, the eyes require specific vitamins and minerals that can only be obtained in sufficient amounts by eating a variety of foods including nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.

Quit Smoking and Exercise More

Smoking elevates the risk of eye diseases for anybody, especially patients with diabetes, so help prevent these complications by quitting. Exercise is another way to strengthen your body’s resistance to health issues and is helpful in minimizing the danger of your diabetes progressing.

Visit your Eye Specialist for More

Mitchell Eye Center is committed to improving the lives of our patients through a holistic approach to eye care, where we consider every factor in patient’s lives that can have an impact on their vision. Our team of specialists and advisors is here for you, so if you’re ready for a full consultation and eye exam, contact us today and fill out an appointment request.

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