Diabetes Can Lead to Eye Problems
Many people with diabetes are not aware that the disease puts them at a higher risk of developing eye problems.The American Dietetic Association (ADA) and the American Optometric Association (AOA) have issued a press release reminding people of the importance of seeing an optometrist as well as a registered dietician on a regular basis.
"The eye offers a unique opportunity to view blood vessels without doing surgery," said Leo Semes, O.D., AOA spokesperson. "From this vantage point, optometrists as primary eye care providers are able to screen as well as follow patients with diabetes. Through a dilated eye examination, an important aspect of diabetic care, optometrists can assess for diabetic changes in those diagnosed as well as observe for alterations of blood vessels in patients at risk or undiagnosed with diabetes."
According to the AOA, people with diabetes may be at greater risk for eye problems like glaucoma, cataracts and retinopathy. Following a healthy eating plan that has been worked out with a dietician can help patients avoid these issues. Your dietary plan should ensure you get the nutrients your body needs while helping to manage the disease.
The ADA states that people with diabetes need to keep their blood sugar levels within a healthy range. These levels are controlled through food choices, physical activity and, in some cases, insulin injections or oral medications.