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Posted on 12-07-2017

Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness An Ideal Time to Think About Diabetes and the Eye

Today is a time to raise our awareness about the many dangers of this chronic disorder -- including the dangers posed to the eyes of grownups and kids alike. Let's examine how diabetes can damage your family's eyes, and what you can do about it.

woman getting an eye exam

Effects of Diabetic Retinopathy

The main threat to vision presented by diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. One of the hallmark effects of elevated blood sugar is the damage it does to blood vessels, especially small, thin-walled blood vessels like those in the eye. This may cause the blood vessels to leak, producing swelling in areas of the retina.

When this kind of swelling afflicts the part of your retina that controls your central field of vision, the condition is called macular edema. Other eye problems related to diabetic eye disease include cataracts and glaucoma.

Diabetic Retinopathy in Adults and Children

Diabetic eye disease isn't just an adult problem; children with diabetes are just as prone to its effects on the eyes. If your child experiences sudden black spots, light flashes, vision blurring or other vision issues, schedule an exam immediately.

Better yet, make sure your diabetic child has regularly-scheduled eye exams so we can identify any damage long before it affects vision. We can then recommend any necessary treatment for cataracts, glaucoma and/or diabetic retinopathy, along with strategies for you and your family doctor to control the underlying disease.

Let Us Help You Protect Your Family's Vision in Burlingame

Being mindful of diabetic retinopathy, and acting accordingly, can help you have one more thing to be thankful for during this holiday season -- optimal eyesight for your family. Call Kim L. Cooper, MD at 650-259-0300 to schedule an eye exam today!

Do you have a child or other family member with diabetes? How early in life was it discovered?

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