Save your vi­sion Avoid com­pli­ca­tions down the road

Peo­ple with di­a­betes are at a higher risk for vi­sion loss. But with th­ese eye pro­tect­ing tips, you may save your vi­sion from glau­coma, cataracts and di­a­betic retinopa­thy – the three eye com­pli­ca­tions that make up di­a­betic eye dis­ease

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Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rapid change in your vi­sion can of­ten be a first sign of di­a­betes. Plus, blurred vi­sion is a po­ten­tial com­pli­ca­tion of the dis­ease. In­cor­po­rate th­ese eye-sav­ing tips into your daily rou­tine to help pre­vent or slow the pro­gres­sion of di­a­betic eye dis­ease.

Re­mem­ber to wear a wide-brimmed hat

Hats shield your eyes from the sun’s harm­ful ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) rays. Choose a hat that shades your en­tire head and neck. For the best pro­tec­tion, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears and the back of your neck. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sun­light through.

Wear­ing a base­ball cap pro­vides good shade for your eyes, but it’s not as good at pro­tect­ing your ears and the back of your neck. If you want to pro­tect your skin from the sun when wear­ing a base­ball cap, wear cloth­ing that cov­ers those ar­eas or ap­ply sun­screen with at least SPF 15.

Have a com­pre­hen­sive di­lated eye exam

Early de­tec­tion and treat­ment of eye prob­lems can re­duce sig­nif­i­cant vi­sion loss. But many symp­toms of di­a­betic eye dis­ease or di­a­betic retinopa­thy are un­de­tectable with­out an exam, which is why it is rec­om­mended ev­ery­one with di­a­betes have a com­pre­hen­sive di­lated eye ex­am­i­na­tion at least once a year.

“The eye be­comes a win­dow to how di­a­betes is pro­gress­ing,” says op­tometrist Robert Lay­man. “Hav­ing a com­pre­hen­sive di­lated eye exam is a good pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure for pa­tients with di­a­betes, and with the im­prov­ing tech­nol­ogy we are able to catch any com­pli­ca­tions way in ad­vance.”

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