Vision problems related to diabetes
If you have diabetes, your blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your eyes.
The most common problem is the damage to the retinal tissue sensitive to light that is in the back of the eye and needed to see clearly.
Diabetic retinopathy damages the tiny blood vessels within the retina and results in loss of vision until blindness.
Currently diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of blindness among adults in the United States.
The prevalence of diabetes in Spain is above the EU level and diabetic retinopathy remains the third leading cause of blindness in our country.
If this is happening, you may notice:
Double or blurred vision.
Rings, flashing lights or blank spots in vision.
Dark or floating spots.
Pain or pressure in one or both eyes.
Difficulty seeing objects placed to the side of your vision.
Other eye problems that can affect people with diabetes are cataracts, which occur when the lens (the “lens” of the eye) clouds. Glaucoma is another problem, which occurs when there is too much pressure and the eye damages the optic nerve.
If you have diabetes, you should have an eye examination once a year. Finding and treating problems early can save your sight that otherwise could be irreversible.
Treatment often includes continuous surgery or laser treatment. Up until now, green laser treatment was considered evasive, regularly also affecting healthy cells. However, new technology takes advantage of the shorter wavelength of yellow light and can guarantee an exclusive focus on damaged cells only.
“Clinic Mirabell can offer the only private clinic in Tenerife with PASCAL laser treatment, a laser with yellow light, which minimises pain and offers more security, also reducing the length of the procedure,” says Dr. Eduardo Blanco.
Dr. Eduardo Bismarck Blanco Trujillo
Especialista de Retinología, Clinica Mirabell