Diabetic Eye Disease refers to a set of eye problems that can result from diabetes including glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.
Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eyes’ optic nerve due to the buildup of fluid at the front of the eye, causing pressure. Having diabetes can substantially increase the odds of developing glaucoma. Learn more about glaucoma.
Excess blood sugar associated with diabetes can also cause cataracts, requiring cataract surgery. Learn more about cataracts and treatment.
Diabetic Retinopathy is a condition wherein the blood vessels in the retina swell, leak, or close-off, potentially causing abnormal new blood vessels to develop on the retina. The damage in the blood vessels is caused by high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes. Symptoms will be the same as non-diabetic retinopathy, however may be experienced in both eyes.
Diabetic Macular Edema (DME) occurs when fluid collects on the retina and causes swelling or blurry vision. DME occurs because high blood sugar harms the small blood vessels of the retina, eventually weakening them.