Diabetes is one of the leading causes of PREVENTATIVE vision loss in the United States. Elevation in blood sugar damages the fragile blood vessels inside the eye, causing them to leak, bleed, and become blocked. While Type 1 diabetics are more likely to have some form of diabetic retinopathy, Type 2 diabetics are likely to have more severe cases. If left untreated, this complication can cause permanent vision loss and blindness.
- Fluctuating vision or frequent prescription change
- Occasional double vision
- Night vision problems
- Flashes and floaters
Diagnosis: The smallest blood vessels in the body are found within the eye, which makes it much easier to determine if there are complications brewing in the rest of the body. Earlly signs of Diabetes can often be found during comprehensive eye exams since these vessels are likely to be effected first.
Treatment: Managing diabetes with the help of your physician is crucial in maintaining healthy vision. Monitoring blood sugar and following guidelines for diet, exercise, and medication regimens provide the foundation for limiting diabetic changes in the eyes. It is important to have yearly dilated eye exams once diagnosed with Diabetes due to inherent complications such as changes in cataracts, presbyopia (the ability to focus on close objects as one ages), and glasses prescription. Diabetes can also complicate management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and healing time from corneal surgeries or eye infections.
In early stages, diabetic retinopathy can be treated and managed with glucose control and oral neutraceuticals, such as Nuretin*. In more severe cases, diabetic retinopathy may require laser treatments or even surgical intervention.
*Nuretin is an oral neutraceutical formulated by Physician Recommended Neutraceuticals (PRN) for the treatment of mild to moderate diabetic retinopathy. It is not a vitamin or supplement, but rather an Omega-3 derived “food”