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Why Testing for Diabetic Eye Disease Is Important

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EyeQue Team

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November 12, 2019

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If you have any form of diabetes, you could be at risk of developing eye diseases. Some conditions that can affect you are: diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and more. In honor of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight some of the eye conditions associated with diabetes and help you find resources to test for these diseases.

What are the different types of diabetic eye disease?

Diabetics are at higher risk for developing eye diseases such as:

  • Diabetic retinopathy— Blood vessels inside or on the surface of the retina swell, leak, or become closed off.
  • Diabetic macular edema— Fluid build-up in the retina causes swelling, blurring and distorting of vision.
  • Cataracts— High blood sugar can cause the lens of your eye to become cloudy or blurry.
  • Glaucoma— Fluid build-up in the eye can cause damage to the optic nerve, leading to permanent vision loss.

Should you get tested for diabetic eye disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of the vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if it’s detected early enough in an eye test. Unfortunately, less than half of people with diabetes get their eyes examined soon enough to effectively treat the disease.

How can you prevent diabetic eye disease?

The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports diabetic eye disease often won’t cause noticeable symptoms right away. The AAO recommends diabetics visit an eye doctor every year for a comprehensive eye exam; during these exams, your doctor will dilate your eye and be able to spot signs of diabetic eye disease early.

Can you test for diabetic eye disease at home?

EyeQue’s VisionCheckBundle helps you track your vision (including visual acuity, color blindness, and more) from the comfort of your home.

However, if you are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a vision test is not enough to save you from vision loss. Only a licensed eye care professional can safely dilate your eyes and identify signs of damage to your retina, lens, or optic nerve caused by the symptoms of diabetes.

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With the EyeQue Vision Monitoring Kit, you can test and track your vision. You can even share your results with your eye doctor!

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