Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for adults from age 20 to 74?* An alarming figure that made me think about paying a visit to my eye doctor. It also made me wonder: how come people with diabetes are more prone to eye problems?  Apparently, having a high glucose level increases the risks of eye problems for people with diabetes. The high glucose level causes the lens of the eye to swell. This effects your ability to see. In other words, your vision can get blurry. This blurry vision is temporary and can be corrected but the blurriness can also indicate that something more serious is wrong, like cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy. These are all serious eye problems that people with diabetes may develop.

Let’s have a look at these three major eye problems. I did some research about eye problems and read that when you have cataract, the lens of your eye gets foggy or cloudy. Anyone can get cataract but people with diabetes can get it at an earlier age and mostly, the problem progresses more rapidly in comparison to people without diabetes. The cloudy lens can be cleaned or removed through surgery.

Glaucoma occurs when fluid inside the eye does not drain properly and leads to excess pressure inside the eye. This increase in pressure can damage nerves and blood vessels in the eye, causing changes in eye vision. Glaucoma is treated by lowering the eye pressure. This is done by draining excess fluid or decreasing the production of the fluid. It sounds scary but there is medication to achieve this.

For daily eye care and common eye discomforts such as dry eyes, you can use a special eye care product such as DiaClin EyeSpray. If you’re experiencing eye problems, don’t blame your glasses or contact lenses immediately. Blurry vision could indicate an eye problem. If you have diabetes, make sure you visit an eye doctor frequently to make sure small problems don’t turn into something worse. After all, you’ve only got one pair of eyes so cherish them!