How to Protect Your Eyes When You Have Diabetes
Visit your eye doctor regularly and get a dilated eye exam at least once a year. The dilated eye exam can help your doctor detect and treat any problems before damage becomes irreversible. Don’t forget to share the results with your primary care physician.
You can also help decrease the risk of eye complications by staying on top of your blood sugar levels. Some studies have found that maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels may also help keep eyes healthy.
You should see an optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately if you:
- Notice little black lines/spots that don’t go away
- See red spots or red fog
- Experience a sudden change in the clarity of your vision
- Take longer than normal to adjust to darkness