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If you have diabetes, you have likely heard that it can put your eye health at risk. High blood sugar increases the risk of various eye problems. A common condition associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. This condition affects the small blood vessels within the retina, located in the back of the eye. There are other conditions that one with diabetes is at higher risk for including cataracts, glaucoma, and a few more.
If you do have diabetes, it is important that you stay on high alert for your health and take care of your body as best as you can to avoid linked conditions. Follow these tips to help take control of your disease and protect your vision:
- Regularly visit your eye doctor
While everyone should be visiting their optometrist in North Arlington regularly, it is even more important when you are at a higher risk for eye conditions. Try and see your eye doctor every 6 months for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure they are able to catch any signs or symptoms of vision-threatening problems early on.
- Always keep your blood sugar in check
If you are meticulous about keeping your blood sugar under control, you will likely have a lower risk for the various conditions that are associated with diabetes.
- Keep your blood pressure under control
It is also important to keep an eye on your blood pressure, as high blood pressure can also higher your risk of eye disease. Every doctor’s appointment you attend you should have your blood pressure checked.
- Monitor your cholesterol levels
Keeping your cholesterol levels in check will also lower your risk of eye disease. Ask your doctor for a blood test to determine your levels of LDL and HDL, as too high of LDL can also lead to blood vessel damage.
- Practice a healthy diet
It is important for everyone to practice a healthy diet but especially important for those with high-risk conditions. Eat foods that promote wellness, plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoid high-sugar foods, processed foods, and foods high in saturated fat, and always drink plenty of water. You should, of course, follow the instructions given by your medical professional in terms of your diet and your insulin intake.
- Exercise regularly
Just like eating healthy, everyone should exercise regularly for optimal health, but this is even more important for those who are at health risks. Stay active, try and get in 30-minutes of low-intensity exercise each day.
- Quit smoking
If you smoke, you should quit. While it is bad for your overall health, it also increases the chances of the eye diseases you are already at high risk for as a diabetic. Speak to your doctor about programs to help you quit.
Following the above tips will help lower your risk for the associated eye diseases that affect many of those with diabetes. While you prioritize your visual health, your eye care should be in the hands of someone you can trust. Here at First Eye Care, our experienced team can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.