Pay Attention to Your Eyes

Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of issues that people with diabetes may face as a complication. Some complications can cause severe vision loss and even blindness.

The most common form of diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in adults and nearly half of people with diabetes will develop some degree of this disease during their lifetime. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina and can lead to blindness.

If you have diabetes, you should have your eyes examined at least once a year. Your eyes should be dilated during the exam so that your ophthalmologist can see more clearly the insides of the eye in order to detect signs of disease.

Diabetic eye diseases can be treated. Ask your ophthalmologist if laser eye surgery can reduce your risk of severe vision loss.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment at the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute at South Texas Health System Edinburg, call 956-213-0400.