When diagnosed with diabetes, most people are overwhelmed with the prospect of having to watch their diet.
And their weight.
And their blood sugar.
And… their feet, their fingertips, their hair…
The list seems never-ending.
Sorry, but we’re about to add one more.
You may not have thought of it before, but your sight is now at risk of all sorts of problems.
The high levels of glucose in the blood caused by your insulin resistance can lead to irreparable damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes.
These blood vessels are incredibly sensitive to any sort of pressure. High blood pressure can cause these vessels to swell or leak. They can even close off completely.
In the worst case, abnormal blood vessels can begin to grow on the surface of the retina.
This is called diabetic retinopathy.
The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of diabetic retinopathy.
You may have 20/20 vision now – but that doesn’t mean you will in 20 years!
The good news is that around 90 percent of vision loss caused by diabetes can be prevented!
The trick is early detection.
That means regular eye exams.
It also means watching your blood pressure.
Now, we all know that hypertension (high blood pressure) is NOT cool.
And for your eyesight, it’s really quite devastating.
High blood pressure can cause a nasty condition called high intraocular pressure (IOP).
It’s also called ‘ocular hypertension’. This is caused when blood pressure to your eyes is too high.
Over a long period of time, IOP can cause severe damage to the optic nerve.
And THAT can lead to glaucoma.