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“Diabetic patients, have you got your vision checked?”

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of irreversible vision loss, especially if it is uncontrolled.

Diabetes is known to cause Retinopathy, which is caused by an irreversible damage to the retina which is at the back of eye, which helps SEE the images. Research has shown that uncontrolled diabetes can cause retina damage as a consequence of high levels of persistent glucose in the blood. Such high levels of blood glucose cause leaks or blockages in the fine capillaries which supply blood to the retina. This irreversible damage stops the retina from working and affects your vision. One of the first symptoms is a blurred vision which can be temporary or in short spells, which later turns into a permanent nature.

Ophthalmologists have always advised that persons with diabetes and high sugar levels must closely monitor their vision. It is recommended that such persons must visit the Ophthalmologist for a regular checkup atleast once in six months. Any abnormal change in vision is a trigger for you to schedule an appointment with your ophthalmologist who will see your eyes and suggest remedies and procedures. Diabetic retinopathy can be addressed more successfully in the initial stages.