Diabetic Eye Treatment from Our Indiana Eye Doctor Team
At Yaryan Eye Care Center, serving Brookville, Connersville, and Rushville, IN, our staff meets people every day struggling with vision problems related to diabetes. With advanced training and technology, we can offer the support people need for optimal eye health at any age!
Diabetic Retinopathy and Other Conditions Associated with Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that makes it hard for your body to control the amount of sugar in your blood. People with diabetes often have blood sugar that is chronically elevated. High blood sugar can have a harmful, inflammatory effect on cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body, including the eyes.
One of the most common types of diabetic eye diseases is diabetic retinopathy. This develops when small blood vessels behind the retina become damaged, swollen, and leaky due to high blood sugar. To compensate for these damaged vessels, new abnormal blood vessels start to grow, but these can leak fluids, too. This ends up harming the retina and can lead to vision loss.
Other types of eye conditions linked to diabetes include:
- Diabetic Macular Edema: vision loss caused by swelling of the macula, which is the center of your retina and important for helping you read, drive, and see faces
- Cataracts: vision loss caused by clouding of the lens inside your eye
- Glaucoma: vision loss caused by damage to the optic nerve
How Our Rushville Optometrist Helps People with Diabetes
Not everyone with diabetes will develop eye problems or vision loss, but the chronic condition does increase your risk, especially if you have other issues like high blood pressure or a smoking habit. Our Connersville, Brookville, and Rushville optometrist can help you optimize your eyesight by providing personalized diabetic eye care.
- Comprehensive diagnosis and ongoing monitoring
- Updated corrective eyewear prescriptions
- Low vision strategies and tools
We work collaboratively with the rest of your healthcare team to support your overall health and help you manage any other underlying conditions.
By the way:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 5 people living with diabetes in the United States don't even know they have it. Because an eye doctor can detect signs of diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic eye conditions before symptoms show up, an optometrist may be the first healthcare provider to alert someone to their underlying diabetes.
It's just another reason why regular eye exams with an optometrist you trust is so important!