We strongly encourage our Huntersville, NC customers with diabetes to schedule regular annual eye exams with our office.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body’s ability to use and store sugar properly. If you have diabetes and too much sugar exists in your blood, you may develop certain health problems, including ones that harm your eyes. The most common problem people with diabetes experience with their eyes occurs when the circulatory system within the retina system is harmed, a condition which is known as diabetic retinopathy.
At Vision Center of Lake Norman, we strongly encourage our Huntersville, NC customers with diabetes to schedule regular annual eye exams with our office. If left unchecked, diabetic retinopathy can progressively damage the sensitive lining that exists in the back of your eyes. As time passes, the tiny blood vessels that nourish this area of your eyes will leak blood and other fluids, causing damage to the retinal tissue and eventually can lead to losing your vision.
If you have diabetes, we highly recommend watching out for some of the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy, including:
- Blurry vision
- Seeing a dark or empty spot in the middle of your field of vision
- Seeing spots or floaters in your vision
- Problems seeing well in dark places or at night
What’s the Best Way to Apply Eye Drops?
When you’ve been given a prescription for eye drops, you may be wondering how exactly you’re supposed to apply them so that they get into your eye and not all over your face and fingers. Here are a few good tips for making the most of your eye drop applications:
- Tilt your head back, so you’re looking at the ceiling.
- Pull down the lower eyelid to make more eye surface area available.
- Avoid touching the tip of the bottle to your eye, as this can transfer bacteria.
- When the drop hits your eye, gently close your eye and do not rub the eyelids.
- Allow the drop to absorb for 1-2 minutes before opening your eye.
We are here to help you manage the effects of diabetic retinopathy and to help you maintain your vision. To schedule your next appointment with us at Vision Center of Lake Norman or to receive answers to any questions you might have, please reach out to us today.