If you have diabetes, you may need more medical care than you previously realized. Diabetes affects your entire body, including the health and clarity of your vision. The illness you have puts you at risk for developing diabetic eye diseases, some of which do not show symptoms that most of us would recognize. Patients with diabetes need to be visiting their local Santa Ana ophthalmologist every year for comprehensive eye exams geared specifically towards the treatment of diabetes. At Orange Coast Eye Center our doctors are professionally trained to handle the specific optical needs of those who have diabetes to assist you in caring for your eyes and protect your vision for a lifetime.
The same high blood sugar you fear will affect your body can also impact the health of your eyes and the clarity of your vision. The condition known as diabetic retinopathy can often occur as a result, and is the number one cause of blindness in industrialized countries today. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the very back of your eyes, which work with your retina to translate light into images for the brain to allow us to see the world around us, and in some cases can cause lasting retinal damage, which in turn causes total blindness. The best way to treat diabetic retinopathy is to prevent it from ever happening by maintaining your blood sugar. Your trusted Santa Ana ophthalmologist can work with you to help you keep your blood sugar at a healthy rate for your vision.
Diabetes is also one of the major risk factors that heightens your chances of developing cataracts or glaucoma. Studies have shown that individuals with diabetes contract cataracts a much earlier age that those who do have the disease. Patients with diabetes have also shown to experience a much faster progression of symptoms, meaning the disease develops into its more severe stages sooner than in others. This is one of the many reasons why it is necessary to see your Santa Ana ophthalmologist at least once a year to diagnosis and treat cataracts before the symptoms are allowed to progress and cause permanent damage to your sight.
The Orange Coast Eye Center has been proud to serve as your Santa Ana ophthalmologist for over 30 years of professional and personal optic health care to our local community. Our doctors are specially trained and fully licensed to treat patients with diabetes in order to offer them specialized care for their eyes to combat the dangers which diabetes can often present to your eyes. From regular comprehensive exams to cover what regular eye exams do not, to tips on managing blood sugar, the Orange Coast Eye Center can care for your eyes to help you maintain perfect vision.