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.
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.