Manage Diabetes, Save Your Eyesight

One of the leading causes of blindness in adults is diabetic retinopathy. Many elderly people who suffer from uncontrolled diabetes end up going blind. If you or your loved one is suffering from diabetes, there are a few things to be aware of including the serious results of living with diabetes.

Many people assume that senior vision is going to deteriorate and that blindness is inevitable, but that is not the case. Vision health is important and can be maintained whatever your age.

How Diabetes Affects Eyesight

Diabetes can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including the eyes. Blood vessels may become enlarged and leak fluid and blood. The lenses may also get blurry and swell or fluid may build up because it cannot flow out of the eye.

Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy – blood vessels in the eyes are damaged and leak
  • Cataracts – these can develop at a younger age for diabetics and cause cloudy vision
  • Glaucoma – this is an increase in pressure in the eyes that leads to blindness and is twice as likely in diabetics than in other people

The most common of these diseases for diabetics is retinopathy. There are often no indicators in the early stages of the disease and in the late stage, blindness is often the result. Early detection from eye exams can prevent worsening of the disease by maintaining proper blood sugar levels. Laser treatments may also help, depending on where the leak is located.

How to Protect Your Eyesight

If you or your loved one has diabetes, an annual eye exam is key. An annual exam is also important for those that have not been diagnosed with diabetic symptoms. While scheduling an appointment at an optometrist, mention that you have diabetes. This will allow the doctor to prepare certain tests and procedures that are done specifically for those with diabetes.

If you are thinking about senior care because of diabetes, call your local Care Advisor at for free help finding a community or service that offers special assistance for those with diabetes that are either on insulin or are displaying symptoms.

Stay Safe

A decline in vision is also a safety concern. Being alone with vision problems makes everyday living more difficult. If you have a loved one that is suffering from vision problems, it might be time to think about assisted living or another type of senior care to make sure that the senior is safe.

SeniorLiving.Net is a free family referral source for families looking for senior care. Call (866) 662-0435 to speak to your local Care Advisor that can help you find senior care that’s right for you.