Diabetic Eye Disease is a serious condition associated with diabetes, consisting of a series of related eye problems that are a result of the complications known to be connected with diabetes. Manifestations of Diabetic Eye Disease may include of one or more of the following: damage to the blood vessels of the retina, cataracts, or clouding of the eye lens, and glaucoma, which is due to an increase of the fluid pressure inside the eye.
Diabetic Eye Disease is serious and can result in partial or total blindness that is generally irreversible once it has occurred. Diabetics who notice the beginning of blurred vision should have their eyes examined promptly, as early detection can be treated effectively. As the disease progresses it becomes more difficult to treat.
Many people who have diabetes are at risk of developing Diabetic Eye Disease and should have yearly eye exams to rule out the onset of the disease. Prevention includes closely monitoring sugar levels and keeping the blood sugar under control by combining proper diet with exercise and if necessary, diabetes medication.