Misconceptions About Diagnosing Diabetic Eye Problems

diabetic eye problemsAre you concerned about diabetic eye problems? Diabetes and many other eye diseases are correlated with age, so everyone should take precautions to protect their vision. Regular eye examinations are crucial in maintaining the best eyesight possible.

Just as many diseases can affect vision, an eye exam can reveal symptoms that might suggest underlying health conditions you aren’t aware of yet. Let’s discuss myths related to two common diseases that affect the eyes: Diabetes and glaucoma.

Myth: Good Eye Chart Performance Means Your Eyes Are Healthy

It’s better to have good performance on an eye chart, of course! However, that doesn’t prove your eyes are totally healthy – or that they’re not threatened by underlying issues. In many cases, diseases don’t affect vision until a late stage of development.

Without preventive care, years might go by without the patient noticing a significant change in eyesight.

Myth: If You Have Diabetes, Poor Vision is Always Diabetes Related

Diabetes can influence visual acuity, causing blurred vision and difficulty focusing. However, it’s important not to conclude that because someone has diabetes, all vision issues are related to it.

When diabetes is detected early and changes are made to manage the disease, vision effects can sometimes be minimized. Still, the patient should be on guard for unrelated eye problems.

Myth: Diabetic Retinopathy Symptoms Mean You Should Avoid Intense Exercise

Diabetics should discuss exercise in detail with a primary care doctor. It’s not true that every diabetic should avoid vigorous activity – in fact, many of those with diabetic eye problems can continue it.

For many diabetics, regular exercise can be helpful in managing certain aspects of the condition. Only a fraction of patients are at significant risk of retinal bleeding.

Myth: Glaucoma is Detectable Just by Checking Eye Pressure

Glaucoma is a common diabetic condition where increased pressure in the eyeball causes nerve damage and loss of vision. Older people are at the greatest risk. Even though eye pressure is a major element of glaucoma, it is not the cause on its own.

Even people with glaucoma usually will have a normal eye pressure reading at some point in the day – so checking pressure is not enough. Remember, glaucoma can sometimes be treated with surgery.

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