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Vision Care with Diabetes

Diabetes can cause eye issues. It helps to know the warning signs and follow basic vision care tips.

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By John Davis, OD

Diabetes is a complicated disease. It can cause many problems, including with your eyes and vision. 

The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises that people with diabetes watch for early signs of eye trouble. Please call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms: 

  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Double vision (seeing two things when there is only one)
  • Flashing lights or rings around lights
  • Blank, dark, or floating spots in your vision
  • Pain, pressure, or constant redness in your eyes
  • A hard time seeing signs or straight lines
  • Trouble seeing out of the corner of your eye
  • Any sudden change in how you see

Diabetes can harm your eyes with no obvious symptoms until the problem is very bad, says the National Library of Medicine. So, if you have diabetes, follow your doctor’s directions to protect your vision. 

Regular eye exams are especially important to protecting your vision if you have diabetes. The eye exam lets your eye doctor catch problems early. Then you can protect your vision with medicine or other treatment. 

Depending on the results of your eye exam and your blood sugar levels, the eye doctor may ask you to come more (or less) than once a year. 

Find an EyeQuest clinician to take care of your eyes, especially if you live with diabetes. A division of Sun Life U.S., EyeQuest’s large network serves more than a million members nationwide. 

John Davis, OD

Clinical Vision Director, EyeQuest

John Davis, OD, serves as clinical vision director for EyeQuest, a division of Sun Life U.S. He was previously in private practice for 33 years, treating a variety of patients with numerous eye problems and conditions. During his career, Dr. Davis has been heavily involved in quality-of-care initiatives, including improving access to eye care for high-risk patient populations.

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