Bill Pay Patient Portal Book an Appointment

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Eyes

blonde haired woman with beautiful green eyes

Living with diabetes requires vigilance and understanding of the various ways it can impact your body. One of the critical, yet often overlooked, areas of concern is our vision. Diabetes can lead to several eye-related issues that, if not detected and treated in time, could result in severe vision complications. Our dedicated team at Primary Care Joliet understands these risks and emphasizes the importance of proactive eye care for our diabetic patients.

The Connection Between Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes affects the body’s ability to use and store sugar, which can have wide-ranging impacts on various organs, including the eyes. High blood sugar can damage the tiny blood vessels in the retina, leading to a condition called diabetic retinopathy. Moreover, diabetes increases the risk of other eye conditions.

Common Eye Problems Related to Diabetes

  • Diabetic Retinopathy: As mentioned earlier, this condition arises when the blood vessels in the retina get damaged. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness.
  • Diabetic Macular Edema (DME): DME is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when fluid accumulates in the macula, leading to blurred vision.
  • Glaucoma: Diabetes doubles the risk of glaucoma, a condition where pressure builds up inside the eye, damaging the optic nerve.
  • Cataracts: People with diabetes are more prone to develop cataracts at a younger age. Cataracts cloud the eye’s lens, leading to reduced vision.

Why Regular Eye Exams are Crucial

Early detection is the best defense against diabetes-induced eye problems. Many of these conditions can remain asymptomatic in the early stages, which means you might not notice any vision problems until significant damage has occurred.

Annual diabetic eye exams can detect potential issues before they become severe. These examinations are comprehensive and focus on evaluating the health of the retina, checking for signs of cataracts, glaucoma, and other potential issues. If problems are detected early, appropriate treatments can be initiated to manage the condition and prevent further complications.

Managing Diabetes to Protect Your Vision

While eye exams are crucial, managing your diabetes is equally vital. Proper blood sugar control can delay the onset of diabetic retinopathy and slow its progression. Regular check-ups with your primary care provider, coupled with lifestyle modifications, can go a long way in preserving your vision.

Primary Care Joliet: Your Partner in Health

At Primary Care Joliet, we’re committed to providing comprehensive care to our diabetic patients. This includes not only helping manage blood sugar levels but also ensuring that every aspect of health, including vision, is addressed. With diagnostic testing and treatment tailored to your needs, we aim to empower our patients in their fight against diabetes and its associated complications.

If you’re living with diabetes and haven’t had a recent eye exam, or if you have questions about managing your condition, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call our Joliet or Wilmington, IL, clinics today to schedule an appointment. Together, we’ll work towards safeguarding your vision and overall well-being.

Posted on behalf of Primary Care of Joliet

Skip footer

East Joliet Office

2025 S. Chicago St
Joliet, IL 60436

Clinic hours

Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM

View Map of East Joliet Office

West Joliet Office

2202 Essington Rd
Joliet, IL 60435

Clinic hours

Mon - Fri: 8AM - 5PM

View Map of West Joliet Office

Wilmington Office

121 Robert P. Weidling Dr
Wilmington, IL 60481

Clinic hours

Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri: 8AM - 4PM
Wed: closed

View Map of Wilmington Office