Diabetes And The Effects It Has On Vision - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/24/08

Diabetes And The Effects It Has On Vision

Each year thousands of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.

Not only does that mean they need to learn how to manage their disease, but from that point on it is just as important for them to be concerned about their vision.You see, diabetes doesn't just affect what you eat it can also change what you see. "With diabetes, the disease process has to do with blood and the blood vessels start becoming leaky and can clog up also so what will happen in the eye is the blood vessels start leaking, they can leak fluid or blood or lipids and that can cause huge vision damage." says Dr. Karin Meng an O.D. Optometrist.  

A change in the blood vessels can trigger diabetic retinopathy and that can cause patients to see the world like this, experiencing blurriness, and in some cases blindness. Mexican Americans are especially at risk for the condition because they are at higher risk of developing diabetes. Bottom line if you have diabetes or are high risk for the disease. The best thing you can do to protect your eyes is to get regular eye exams so that if there is a problem you can catch it early.

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