Diabetes is the leading cause of adult-onset blindness in the United States.
Anyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can have diabetic eye disease and not know it, since it is painless and often has no symptoms until very advanced stages. But with appropriate care, you can reduce the risk of blindness and increase your chances of preserving sight.
During a diabetic eye exam, Dr. Miller thoroughly evaluates how your blood sugar could be affecting both your vision and your eye health. She also works with your primary care doctor or endocrinologist to make sure that your diabetic care plan is comprehensive and fits your lifestyle.
The most common ocular complication from diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. This happens when the blood vessels in your eyes become damaged from high blood glucose. The result is weak blood vessels that leak fluid or even break, causing bleeding. The treatments for diabetic retinopathy vary based on the severity, but prevention and early detection are certainly the best way to prevent any vision loss.