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Living with Diabetes: Eye Health

Eye health is often a problem that is overlooked by most patients suffering from high blood sugar levels.

While there might be no jarring warning signs, you may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Double vision
  • Flashes of light
  • Dark floaters or dark spots
  • Blurred vision

Diabetics will usually develop cataracts earlier in life and these will usually progress faster than those without diabetes. Diabetics also have a good chance of being affected by diabetic retinopathy, a condition where new fragile blood vessels in the retina are damaged due to the overabundance of glucose and/or fructose from our diet. If the eyes are not monitored vigilantly, it could lead to blurred vision and even potential blindness.

Compared to non-diabetics, people with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma, a condition where the fluid inside the eyes does not drain properly. This leads to excess pressure building up inside the eyes and leading to permanent damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the eyes.

Workable Lifestyle Suggestions
  • Check your eyesight at least once a year.
  • Blurred vision may not just be a sign of a change in prescription. Consult an ophthalmologist or optometrist before determining whether you need a new pair of eye glasses.
  • Consider regular intake of foods that are rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, such as eggs, spinach, pumpkin, broccoli, turnip greens and peas.
  • Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Give your eyes a rest periodically, especially if you are often focused on a computer monitor or smart phone for extended periods of time.

The spice saffron was recently found to help in slowing down the progression of cataracts.

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