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
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.”