As if diabetes weren't enough to manage, people with this complicated disease must pay special attention to their vision. It's estimated that nearly half of the 16 million diabetics in the U.S. have some degree of eye disease. Because there are often no warning signs of the disease it's recommended that people with diabetes have annual eye exams to monitor problems and treat them early. Even those who carefully control blood sugar levels are at increased risk of vision problems, but careful management may slow the onset and progression of diabetes-related eye diseases.
Dr. Larry Morrison, Dr. Michael Morrison, and Dr. Becky Vandeberg are well-trained and experienced with diabetic vision management and can help guide you through a lifetime of healthy vision.
Diabetic Retinopathy: High blood sugar levels can damage the delicate blood vessels of the eye. When these vessels burst, you may experience blurred vision or even blindness. Properly diagnosed, diabetic retinopathy can be treated with a laser procedure or a vitrectomy. Laser surgery has been proven to reduce the five-year risk of vision loss from diabetic retinopathy by over 90 percent. Symptoms may include floaters, difficulty reading or seeing things close-up, flashes and blurred or darkened vision. Click the button below for more information on Diabetic Retinopathy.
Glaucoma: This disease, in which excessive internal pressure can damage the optic nerve, is almost twice as common in people with diabetes, so it's extremely important to have an eye exam each year. Select the button below for more information on Glaucoma.
Cataracts: Drs. Larry and Michael Morrison, and Dr. Becky Vandeberg detect this cloudiness of the lens with a thorough exam. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataracts and to develop them at an earlier age. Select the button below for more information on Cataracts.
For more information on healthy vision for diabetics or to schedule an appointment, call the Morrison Eye Care office nearest you.