Diabetes, as we all know, affects the blood vessels, resulting in a host of complications. Heart, brain and kidneys are the vital organs that are predominantly affected due to the progress of diabetes. Though not classified as a vital organ, eye care becomes more essential with the onset of diabetes. The blood vessels in the retina (back of the eye), can be damaged leading to diabetic retinopathy. This leads to glaucoma, cataract and other eye problems. Regular eye checkups become mandatory for diabetics to detect eye problems early. If detected, appropriate treatments must be administered to prevent worsening.
The doctor should be competent in diabetic eye care. Eye exams may require eye dilation for better retinal view or the use of digital retinal photography. Depending on the results, the ophthalmologist would decide on the frequency of eye exams.
Preventing eye exams:
Control blood sugar: High blood sugar increases the chances of eye problems like blurred vision. But blurred vision can also be caused due to high sugar intake or water in the lens; which is unrelated to diabetic retinopathy.
Control blood pressure: Ideally, diabetics need to maintain BP levels lower than 140/90, which needs checking at least twice a year. If already under BP medication, heed the doctor’s advice.
Smoking: Smoking increases the chances of eye deterioration in diabetics and speeds up the damage. Take professional help to quit if personal efforts are ineffective.
Exercise: Diabetes makes it mandatory to develop some form of exercise to keep the body and internal organs active. Medicines also yield better results with an active mind and body. At the same time, consult a diabetic eye care provider to determine what exercises are suitable and which are not. Lifting heavy weights and high impact exercises that cause excessive strain on the eyes maybe best avoided in preventing eye problems.
Make home vision friendly: Use bigger fonts on phones and computer monitors. Use colour coded rubber bands or clips to tell apart the pill bottles. Use magnifying glass to read labels.
When to be concerned:
- Poor vision in dim light
- Blind spots
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Eye pain or headache
- Floating spots
- Compromise in side vision
The basic cause of diabetic retinopathy is damage of blood vessels in the eye due to high blood glucose levels. While conventional treatment should be continued as recommended, blood sugar levels take time to stabilize. The herbal ingredients present in Sugar Knocker ensure the right balance along with providing a holistic approach to diabetes management. The 11 Ayurvedic ingredients, apart from glucose level management, also protect the internal organs and the blood vessels all over the body, providing safety from complications.