Plan­ning your fu­ture

Tak­ing charge of your life and tak­ing care of your­self will help you avoid many di­a­betes-re­lated prob­lems. Re­mem­ber, you are not alone – you have your di­a­betes team to sup­port you.

Diabetes Care Guide (English) - - CONTENTS -

Take good care of your EYES

Retinopa­thy does not al­ways show symp­toms, so it’s im­por­tant to have reg­u­lar eye ex­ams. If caught early, treat­ment can stop the dam­age. High blood glu­cose lev­els do not cause cataracts, but they can worsen them. High blood glu­cose over weeks or months can cause blurred vi­sion which should go away when your blood glu­cose comes back into safe range. If it doesn’t, see your eye doc­tor. Di­a­betes can cause blind­ness, es­pe­cially if blood glu­cose stays at a high level for many years.

How to pro­tect your vi­sion

● If you have type 2 di­a­betes, have an eye ex­am­i­na­tion when you are first di­ag­nosed (tell your eye doc­tor you have di­a­betes). Af­ter your pre­lim­i­nary as­sess­ment you should have a di­a­betes eye check ev­ery one to two years.

● Have your blood pres­sure checked fre­quently – blood pres­sure higher than 130/80 in­creases the risk of eye dam­age.

● Keep your blood glu­cose and lipid lev­els in a healthy range. ● If you smoke – speak to your doc­tor or phar­ma­cist about a plan to help you quit.

● If you have any changes in your vi­sion, tell your doc­tor im­me­di­ately. For ex­am­ple, changes could be see­ing rings around lights, dark spots or flash­ing lights.

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