In the U.S., November is recognized as National Diabetes Month. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes is a major health issue that affects more than 30 million people nationwide. Another 80 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk of acquiring the condition during the next five years.
Having diabetes puts you at risk of developing eye and vision problems, such as diabetic retinopathy, early-onset cataracts, diabetic macular degeneration and glaucoma. Fortunately, there are practical measures you can take to help prevent or slow down the progression of diabetic eye disease. A trusted optometrist at Eyes On Norbeck shares some of them in this post.
Control Your Blood Sugar
Eat a diet low in sugar and other simple carbs, exercise regularly and check your blood sugar routinely to keep it in the target range. A nutritionist and an endocrinologist may also be consulted so you can be properly guided with your diet. Take insulin and other medications as instructed by your doctor.
Don’t Forget to Get an Annual Dilated Eye Exam
Even if you haven’t experienced any vision issues, you should visit your eye doctor for a dilated eye exam once a year. Until the disease has progressed into the early stages, diabetic eye disorders often show minimal symptoms. During a dilated eye exam or computer vision exam, your ophthalmologist can spot even minute indications that diabetes endangers your vision.
Eat and Live Healthily
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can improve your eye health while helping you manage your diabetes. With the help of experts, develop a meal plan that works for you and provides you with the energy you need to maintain an active lifestyle.
Do you need a pair of eyeglasses or an eye-check up? Choose Eyes On Norbeck for your next consultation! We are proud members of both the American and Maryland Optometric Associations, and our doctors can help improve your quality of life through better eyesight. Call us today at (301) 238-7199 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Rockville, MD, and nearby areas.