Dr. Jim Martin 09/04/2014

6988288_orig.jpgPeople who have diabetes understand it can have an effect on many parts of the body, including the eyes. High blood glucose levels and a reduction in oxygen levels can start to cause problems in four areas of the eyes -- the retina, vitreous, lens, and optic nerve. These issues may lead to blindness if not treated correctly; however, there are things you can do to help prevent eye issues from occurring.

How To Prevent Issues With My Eyes When I Suffer From Diabetes

  • Monitor your blood glucose and blood pressure regularly to make sure you are maintaining correct levels.

  • Find an optometrist and be sure to check in with them once a year for an eye examination to check for diabetic retinopathy.

  • Be sure to have an eye care specialist check for signs of glaucoma and cataracts, which are more common in diabetics.

  • If you are a smoker, it may be time to quit as smoking reduces your body’s oxygen levels, which can then affect your eye health.

  • If you feel like you may be having problems with your eyes, such as sudden changes in your vision, get help as soon as possible; early intervention can help cut the risk of diabetes-induced blindness.

Raising Awareness Of Diabetes In The Amarillo Community

If you suffer from juvenile diabetes, or any type of diabetes, and are looking to help raise awareness, you can do just that in September. With millions of people across the country and the world suffering from diabetes, raising awareness is important.

In September, Amarillo residents will be working to do just that. On Sept. 6, theJDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes will take place. This is one of the largest events in the world that raises funds and supports awareness of Type 1 diabetes. This 5k run or walk takes place at John Stiff Memorial Park on Bell Street in Amarillo. Registration for walkers begins at 8 a.m., or 7 a.m. for runners. Whether you work to raise funds by yourself, as a team, or contribute to a specific walker, all the funds raised will go to diabetes research. Grab your walking shoes and get out with the local Amarillo community!

If you are having problems with your eyes, need a yearly checkup, or you just have questions, about diabetes and the eyes, come see the experts at Broome Optical. Our professional eye care team have been providing quality eye care for over 80 years in the Amarillo, Texas area. We can help you take care of your eyes, so that you can continue to live life to the fullest.

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