Blindness can occur for a multitude of reasons. Diabetes can cause blindness through a few conditions. Diabetes blindness causes thousands to lose their eye-sight every year. Diabetes interferes with the blood supplied to the eye, which can cause severe damage to the retina. This strain to the eye can cause loss of vision up to blindness.
Diabetic Eye Diseases
Diabetes is a disease that effects the way a person’s body regulates the blood glucose (sugar). The main hormone used by the body to regulate glucose is insulin, a diabetic’s body does not make enough insulin or can not process the insulin produced by the pancreas. Diabetes can affect a person in many different ways, including a decrease in vision. There a few diseases that can cause diabetes blindness:
- Diabetic Retinopathy: The most common cause for loss of vision in people with diabetes. This disease affects the blood vessels in the retina. The retina detects light and converts the light into signals that are sent from the optic nerve to the brain. Diabetic retinopathy causes blood vessels located in the retina to leak fluid or hemorrhage, which disturbs vision.
- Diabetic macular edema (DME): A common side effect of Diabetic Retinopathy, DME is the swelling in the macula. The macula is the part of the eye between the optic nerve and the retina that is needed for sharp vision, reading, driving, and other straight-ahead vision tasks.
- Glaucoma: A group of diseases that cause damage to the eyes optic nerve. Some forms of glaucoma are caused by elevated blood pressure inside the eye. Adults with diabetes are double the risk for glaucoma than those without.
- Cataract: Adults with diabetes are between 2 – 5 times more likely to develop cataract. This disease clouds the eyes lens, disrupting vision.
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