Your Health, Your Eyes, It’s All Connected
Imagine your body as a complex meshwork of systems all working together, 24/7.
It stands to reason that if one of these systems experiences an issue, it can affect another system somewhere down the line. Diabetes is an issue that works in a similar way.
Diabetes is a common health concern in our country, and it can have a tremendous effect on various aspects of your health, including your eyes.
Sphinx Eye Care can help preserve your vision from diabetes—all you have to do is book an appointment.
How Diabetes Affects Your Eyes
Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects how your body produces or uses insulin, a hormone crucial to managing your blood sugar levels. If you have high blood sugar, you may have a higher risk of developing various health complications, including some that affect your eyes.
By examining your retina with equipment like Optos ultra-widefield imaging and Optical coherence tomography, our team can detect potential issues and get to work on finding a treatment that’s right for you.
Diabetes-Related Eye Diseases & Conditions
If you have diabetes, we highly recommend having annual eye exams.
Many eye diseases, including the ones related to diabetes, can develop without noticeable symptoms. However, when symptoms do develop, they may be permanent.
Taking your prescribed medications, managing your weight, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related eye diseases. Nonetheless, we still recommend annual eye exams to help protect your vision.
Diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common eye diseases you may develop if you have diabetes.
There are two stages to this disease:
- Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy causes the retina’s blood vessels to bulge, break, and leak fluid.
- Proliferative diabetic retinopathy causes abnormal blood vessels to develop in the retina, creating scar tissue and increasing the risk of retinal detachment.
Diabetic Macular Edema
Diabetic macular edema is an eye condition that can develop due to diabetic retinopathy.
Leaking fluids and blood from your retina cause your macula to swell over time. Symptoms can include blurry vision, floaters, and double vision.
Cataracts are a common eye condition you can develop as you age. However, diabetes can increase the risk of developing cataracts earlier in life.
Cataracts can affect your eye’s clear crystalline lens over time, causing it to develop a hazy, milky color that could obstruct your vision. The only way to treat cataracts is by having cataract surgery.
Please check our LASIK & Cataract Co-Management page for more information on the procedure and how we support our patients through it.
Open-angle glaucoma is the most common version of glaucoma, and your risk of developing it nearly doubles when you have diabetes.
Glaucoma affects your eye’s optic nerve. Without treatment, the disease could cause permanent vision loss.
Learn more about the disease and how we can manage it by visiting our Glaucoma Testing & Management page.
Get Help Preserving Your Eye Health
Preserving your eye health and vision is a lifelong process, but you can always rely on our team to provide the help you deserve. Protect your sight today and book an appointment.
- 8941 Coit Rd, Suite 200
- Plano, TX 75024
Hours of Operation
- Monday:9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday:9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday:9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday:10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
- Friday:9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday:By Appointment
Comprehensive Eye Exams
The health and prosperity of your eyes rely on dependable eye exams offered by qualified optometrists who care about you.
Dry Eye Therapy
You shouldn’t live with red, gritty eyes. Our dry eye treatment plan is designed to bring you relief from dry eye symptoms.
Innovative treatments are available to help you preserve your sight if you are at risk or have already been diagnosed with glaucoma.
Children’s Eye Exams
The littlest eyes need love too. Let’s make sure your children have the vision and visual skills they need to succeed.
Specialty Contact Lenses
Discover the world of specialty contact lenses that provide comfortable, clear vision—even for hard-to-fit eyes.
LASIK & Cataract Co-Management
Every step of the way, our team is happy to guide you through eye surgeries and help you find the best treatment.
Emergency Eye Care
We’re here to help you navigate challenging eye care moments. Find out what to do if you’re experiencing an emergency.
Digital Eye Strain
Looking at screens all day can take a toll on your eyes. Treat your eyes—and your body—to lasting comfort at work and at home.