At first glance, it does not make sense that diabetes can cause eye problems, yet it is the biggest cause of blindness in people aged 20 to 74.
Diabetes can often lead to various other serious health issues if it is left untreated, and the issues affecting the eyes are arguably some of the most devastating.
So what types of eye problems does diabetes cause?
- Blurry Vision –
Most people’s first instinct is to get tested for a pair of glasses or contact lenses as soon as they notice their vision is becoming a bit blurry. However, this might turn out to be a case of treating the symptoms rather than the root cause of the problem. Oftentimes it is constant levels of high blood sugar that results in this blurry vison.
The Fix: The key is to tackle the problem at its core cause, which is a high blood sugar level. To correct it, you will need to get your blood sugar back to a “normal” level, which is in the range of 3.8 – 7.2mmol/L, before meals, and less than 10mmol/L an hour or two after a meal.
It may take up to 3 months for your vision to completely get back to normal.
Although high blood sugar levels is often the cause of blurry vision, we still recommend that you speak to an eye doctor as he/she will be able to tell you in case it is a symptom of an even more serious problem.
- Cataracts –
Cataracts are formed when debris clouds up the lens of the eye, making it difficult for the eyes to focus. The two main symptoms of cataracts are blurred vision and glare.
Although anybody can get cataracts, it is far more common amongst people who suffer from diabetes, and it may often develop into a big issue much faster.
The Fix: Surgery is needed to remove a cataract. This typically means that the doctor replaces the cloudy lens with an artificial one.
- Glaucoma –
Glaucoma is a condition where pressure builds up in the eye because liquids cannot drain as they should. The most common form of glaucoma is known as open-angle glaucoma. In these cases, medication can usually be used to reduce the liquid in the eye and in doing so relieve some of the pressure.
This type of glaucoma often does not cause any symptoms early on, but this means that by the time symptoms become noticeable it may have caused major vision loss. The best way to pick it up early on is by going for an annual exam.
With less common forms of glaucoma, you might notice:
- Eye aches or pain
- Blurred vision
- Watery eyes
- Halos around lights
- Vision loss
The Fix: Treatment may include medicine and special eye drops. Surgery and laser treatments can help with drainage in severe cases such as neovascular glaucoma, where extra blood vessels grow on the iris (colored part of the eye).
- Diabetic Retinopathy –
It becomes increasingly more likely as well as more dangerous the longer you have diabetes –especially if you do not manage it properly.
The Fix: People who keep their blood sugar levels under control during diabetes are less likely to develop diabetic neuropathy, as long as they keep managing their blood sugar levels correctly. The same goes for treating it in case you have already developed it – keep your blood sugar levels under control!
- Background retinopathy –
Maculopathy and proliferative retinopathy are slightly different forms of diabetic neuropathy, but should be treated with just as much care!
This is damage to the macula, a critical area of your retina and it can severely affect your vision.
It happens when cells at the back of your eye don’t get enough oxygen and new blood vessels start to grow.
Since these are new blood vessels, they can easily break open, bleed, and lead to a clot. This can cause scars and pull your retina away from the back of your eye. If it gets detached, you may have vision loss that can’t be fixed.
The Fix: Sometimes there is no treatment for this, but in other cases surgery is an option.
If it is caught early, a laser procedure that burns away the blood vessels can save your vision. It can prevent blindness in up to half the people with early retinopathy.
The Need for Eye Exams:
Eye checkups should be done at least once a year, as they are your best bet at finding eye problems early-on. This means that if one is to develop, it can be fixed at a stage where it is still relatively easy and less dangerous. If you might get pregnant in the near future, get an eye exam to avoid possible problems. Keep them up while you’re pregnant, too.
When to visit the Doctor URGENTLY –
These symptoms can signal an emergency:
- Black spots in your vision
- Flashes of light
- “Holes” in your vision
- Blurred vision
Treatment of prevent diabetes complications
With the right lifestyle changes it is possible to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal.
Eating healthy foods –
Low in fat, low calorie, but high fiber foods are the best option.
Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make sure to strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without compromising taste or nutrition. Download the free Manna Diet e-Book for all the info, menu plans and recipes to help you achieve your weight loss goal.
Getting enough of the right exercise –
Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Don’t let more than two days go by without some exercise, because exercise is one of the best ways to control blood sugar levels and to enhance blood circulation.
You don’t have to spend hours on end in the gym; just taking a brisk daily walk, riding your bike, swimming a few laps already goes a long way. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions that you spread throughout the day.
We recommend including resistance training, such as weightlifting, twice a week.
Follow the Manna Diet for an easy-to-use diet and by taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal can help to regulate blood sugar levels in such a way as to suppress appetite and curb cravings.
When taken with food, the organic fibers and essential sugars in Manna Blood Sugar Support has a gelling effect, slowing down the release of glucose from the food to the blood stream. When blood sugar levels are under control, the body’s requirement for insulin will be less and therefore high insulin levels can reduce over time.
Healthy blood sugar levels can help to curb cravings, suppress appetite and it can also help to prevent diabetes health complications.
Manna Blood Sugar Support is the only certified organic blood sugar support supplement in the world. This supplement is manufactured in a FDA registered pharmaceutical facility under strict GMP-HACCP regulations for your safety.
“I used to take glucophage xr at 1000mls in the mornings and 1000 at night. After using Manna Blood Sugar Support, my levels are between 6 and 7. Great product! Thanks Manna!” – Robert Wessels