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Vision Warnings for Diabetics


Watch out for these symptoms of diabetic eye disease

Diabetic eye disease describes a bunch of ocular problems that can affect people with diabetes. This group of problems includes diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema, and cataracts. Over time, especially when diabetes is uncontrolled, high blood sugars can damage your eyes. As a result, you may suffer reduced eyesight or even blindness. However, by taking care of your diabetes and managing blood sugar levels according to your doctor’s guidelines, you can help prevent diabetic eye disease or stop it from progressing. To learn more about how diabetics can protect their eyes, visit our eye doctor in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

What are the early symptoms of diabetic eye disease?

Typically, there are no early warning signs for diabetic retinopathy. Only a comprehensive eye exam by a qualified eye doctor can detect the beginning of diabetic eye problems.

However, if your blood sugars run high (even for a short time), you may have blurry vision that goes away when your glucose level returns closer to normal.

What symptoms of diabetic retinopathy appear later?

As diabetic retinopathy progresses, you may experience:

  • Blurry or wavy vision
  • Dark areas
  • Seeing many floaters
  • Flashes of light
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Poor color vision

If you have any of these symptoms, call your eye doctor to schedule an eye exam.

Does glaucoma cause any symptoms?

Signs of glaucoma to watch out for include:

  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Reddening of the eyes
  • Ocular pain
  • Nausea, vomiting

If you have any of these symptoms, call your eye doctor immediately for assistance.

Are there any visual symptoms that are an eye emergency?

Some symptoms indicate that you should contact your eye doctor immediately for an urgent eye exam, such as:

  • A dark curtain sliding over your vision
  • Double vision
  • Flashing lights
  • Severe eye pain
  • Pressure

Diabetic eye exams

At Village Eye Centre, we perform specialized diabetic eye exams to inspect for signs of a problem. If you have diabetes, you can prevent vision loss by booking regular appointments with our eye doctor in North Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton, and Sherwood Park, Alberta.

At Village Eye Centre, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 587-410-5920 or book an appointment online to see one of our North Edmonton eye doctors.

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