Diabetes can cause a number of health related complications including diabetic retinopathy, a condition that affects the retina of the eye and can lead to blindness if left untreated.
Diabetes itself interferes with the body's ability to use and store sugar (glucose). The result is too much sugar in the blood, which can cause damage to the small blood vessels throughout the body, including the retina of the eye (the inner lining of the back of the eye - what we use to see the world with). When that happens we call the condition Diabetic Retinopathy.
When Diabetic Retinopathy occurs the tiny blood vessels in the retina leak blood and other fluids. This causes the retinal tissue to swell, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision. It can also cause permanent damage to the retina affecting your ability to see clearly.
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At Lymer vision we use state-of-the-art technology to monitor the health of the back of your eye where Diabetic Retinopathy occurs. If you are diabetic, you should have an annual comprehensive eye exam to ensure there is no damage occurring to your retina. Call our office today or you can schedule or text us from www.lymervision.com. Dr. Lymer will evaluate the health of your eyes and your vision to determine if you have dry eyes as well as the appropriate treatment.