Did you know that diabetic eye disease is the most common cause of blindness in the U.S.? Diabetes is an increasingly common disease in the U.S. and it affects your vision because high blood sugar levels damage blood vessels throughout the body, including those in the eyes. When the condition is caught early and treated properly, vision loss from diabetic eye disease is often preventable. However, if not detected early, diabetes can cause several complications for your vision, including blindness.
The retina is of particular concern for people with diabetes. High blood glucose levels can damage blood vessels in the retina, which lines the back of your eye and detects light. When blood vessels in the retina are damaged, permanent vision loss can occur. (more…)