Diabetes - eye care
If your doctor finds eye problems early, drugs and other treatments may help prevent them from getting worse.
You Need Regular Eye Exams
- Dilating your eyes to allow a good view of the entire retina. Only an eye doctor can do this exam.
- At times, special photographs of the back of your eye
Your eye doctor may ask you to come more or less often than every year.
How to Prevent Eye Problems
- Have your blood pressure checked often and at least twice per year.
- If you take drugs to control your blood pressure, take them as your doctor told you to.
- Weight lifting and other exercises that make you strain
- High-impact exercise, such as football or hockey
Make It Easier for Yourself at Home
- Use felt tip pens to label medicine bottles so you can read them easily.
- Use rubber bands or clips to tell them apart.
- Ask someone else to give you your medicines.
- Always read labels with a magnifying lens.
- Use a pill box with compartments for days of the week and times of the day, if you need to take medicines more than once a day.
Use large-print cookbooks to make foods that are on your diabetes meal plan. Ask your doctor or nurse where you can get these books.
When to Call the Doctor
- You cannot see well in dim light.
- You have blind spots.
- You have double vision (you see 2 things when there is only 1).
- Your vision is hazy or blurry and you cannot focus.
- You have pain in your eyes.
- You are having headaches.
- You see spots floating in your eyes.
- You cannot see things on the side of your field of vision.
- You see shadows.