Myths and truths about relation between Diabetes and eye sight.

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What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

 

There are several kinds of myths when it comes to diseases like diabetes. The repeated one which all of us have heard is – it is caused due to excess intake of sugar which is totally untrue. Increase in blood sugar is just a symptom, whereas, the root cause is the alteration in the secretion of insulin which is a pancreatic hormone that regulates blood sugar level. Then comes another misinformed subject for many – the relation between diabetes and eye sight.

The Magna Code brings for you an elaborated discussion on the topic, to help you understand all the details about how the eye sight gets affected and how does diabetes cause retinopathy.

Talking about Diabetic Retinopathy today-

In simple words, it is a condition in which the blood vessels in the light sensitive tissue called retina gets affected. In diabetes when the sugar level is high it subsequently damages the retinal blood vessels. Thus, this hinders the functioning of retina i.e. to detect light and convert it into signals that needs to be sent to the brain via optic nerve. In retinopathy, there are high chances of the blood vessels to bleed leading to a distorting vision. It progresses through 4 stages – mild, moderate, severe and proliferate.

There are 3 more major eye conditions owing to diabetes:

  1. Diabetic macular edema (DME) – swelling in the macula, consequence of retinopathy.
  2. Cataract – though it is diabetes irrespective, it is more likely to hit a diabetic patient causing clouding of the eye’s lens.
  3. Glaucoma – damage in the eye’s optic nerve and it goes hand in hand with diabetes in adults.

All forms of diabetic eye disease have the potential to cause severe vision problems leading to blindness. Though this evil has a confirmed ticket to travel and can’t be annulled, it can be delayed though. Instead of falling prey to eye diseases sooner in your life, it is always a better idea to postpone any hitch, isn’t it? There are some easy tricks for you below to do so

  • Control your diabetes with proper medication,

 

  • Stay physically active and fit with a healthy diet,

 

  • Prevention is better than cure, so get comprehensive dilated eye exams once in a while.

Government Agencies like National Eye Institute (NEI) are on a constant research that seeks better ways to identify, treat and prevent vision loss due to diabetes. So ultimately, early detection, timely cure and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can help you fight against vision loss. Magna Code is always ready to aid you fight this battle with ease. When it comes to health, there is no scope of self-beliefs and negligence towards the reliability. Only the professionals, in this case, an endocrinologist can monitor you with proper medications.

There are some realities but there are some myths too. Living in the 21st century and being a learned person, it is our responsibility to apprehend accurate information. At Magna Code, all your misbeliefs are cleared leaving you with more relevant information. For us, health comes first.

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