Recent studies have looked at the relationship between diabetes and its effect on the eyes. To show that retinal diseases are the main cause of blindness in diabetics. Dr. Muhammad Al-Harbi, a specialist in optometry, explained that eye diseases occur in about 60% of diabetics, as diabetes causes many diseases, such as retinopathy, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and many others.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of increased diabetes in the body, as high blood sugar for a long time leads to the inability of the blood circulation to supply blood to the tiny capillaries of the retina naturally, which leads to deterioration of the retina, and then Blurred vision, narrow vision, and in severe cases, diabetic retinopathy may cause vision loss.
Al-Harbi explained that glaucoma is caused by high intraocular pressure, which leads to damage to the tissues of the optic nerve, and the symptoms of the disease may increase and develop faster in people with diabetes, and cataracts are the natural opacity of the lens, which may happen with age, except It is more common in diabetics, and the patient suffers in this case from blurring of vision and loss of the ability to see in the presence of very bright lights, and ultimately it comes to vision loss.
Tips and Advice
Al-Harbi advises that it is necessary to maintain blood sugar levels by following the doctor’s instructions, taking medicines regularly, in addition to following the appropriate diet, stressing that an annual visit to an ophthalmologist should be made to evaluate and examine the eye, in order to avoid any problems or complications before they occur.