Sometimes it’s easy to forget that our body actually operates as a single unit. When we face a physical ailment, we tend to focus on the obvious symptoms and specific remedies. So for many of us who are dealing with diabetes, we are likely focused on dietary issues or scheduling visits with our general doctor to monitor our glucose levels.
But did you know that diabetes can actually affect your vision too? In fact, diabetes can have such a profound impact on your eyesight and ocular health that it’s often necessary to monitor diabetes from an optometric perspective and not just from a general health perspective.
While it probably seems obvious that having poor overall health might affect your vision, having diabetes can do more than just increase your risk for cataracts or glaucoma. It can actually cause you to develop a condition called diabetic retinopathy.
Diabetic retinopathy is a broad term that refers to any disorders of the retina that are caused by diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy generally progresses in four stages, and can damage the retina to such an extent that permanent vision loss occurs. People with all types of diabetes (type 1, type 2, and gestational) are at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy.
That’s why Dr. Ryczek provides comprehensive diabetic eye exams with a series of dynamic tests, exams and assessments. We take great care to offer thorough evaluations and proactive ocular health plans for the future.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and need to schedule an appointment with an experienced eye doctor, contact our St. Petersburg office by calling 727-327-8855.