If you’re a diabetic you’ve been told over and over… “Get your eyes checked regularly!”
It’s easy advice to ignore and one of the easiest things to put off but as you’ll hear in the video 6 months can be a long time in the life of an eye.
This video can provide valuable insight into the potential results of ignoring medical advice and / or symptoms as well as provide incentive to follow through and receive annual eye examinations to check for diabetic retinopathy.
Some Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy:
Some symptoms that may indicate a problem are itchy eyes, seeing spots after periods of exercise, or other movement outside your normal routine.
Another sure sign is the appearance of blood floating inside the eye in something called the vitreous gel. This floading mass will be noticeable to the affected person only (as opposed to people casually observing your eyes).
However, most of the time there will be little to no noticable signs that manifest themselves in the early stages of diabetic retinopathy.
All diabetics should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam on a yearly basis preferabley from a specialist.
Diabetics in every age group of both type 1 and type 2 are at risk for retinopathy and should be sure to take the threat of blindness from diabetic retinopathy very seriously.