November is National Diabetes month. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to get your eye doctor involved in treatments and preventative care right away. The link between the eyes and diabetes is so close, it is often discovered during routine eye exams. While most people with diabetes will only experience minor issues with their eyesight, some diabetic eye diseases can cause blindness, so it’s important to educate yourself on possible conditions.
Catching diabetic eye disease early can save your vision. An annual eye exam is important for everyone, but it’s absolutely essential if you have diabetes. Many diabetic eye diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, have no symptoms in their earliest stages. Early detection and treatment can often reduce your risk of impaired vision or permanent vision loss.