Diabetic eye disease is a condition that sometimes arises among people who suffer from diabetes. Diabetic eye disease can sometimes lead to permanent blindness, and learning how to recognize certain signs of the condition will allow you to seek treatment faster to try to keep it from getting worse. Here are four warning signs of diabetic eye disease that you should know.

The Appearance of Floaters

Floaters look like floating dark spots that sometimes move and can hamper vision. They occur when the vitreous substance in the eyes becomes more liquid instead of maintaining a jelly-like consistency. Floaters are often more noticeable when looking into bright lights or colors or into a blue sky. Even though most floaters are considered harmless, noticing them when you have diabetes could be a sign that you’re developing diabetic eye disease.

Decreased Peripheral Vision

If you notice a loss of your peripheral, or side, vision without any other known causes, you could be experiencing the effects of diabetic eye disease. Peripheral vision often decreases gradually in people with diabetic eye disease and isn’t always easily noticeable until the condition is at a more advanced stage. Peripheral vision loss can also be caused by glaucoma and other serious eye conditions and should be investigated by an ophthalmologist.

Blurry Vision

Your overall vision might also appear blurry. Some people with diabetic eye disease report blurred vision that’s similar to looking through a window that’s covered in raindrops. This blurriness is usually caused by fluid leaks into the eye lens. However, blurry vision isn’t always the result of diabetic eye disease and could be a sign of another condition, and an eye doctor who specializes in ophthalmology can perform a detailed examination to give you an accurate diagnosis.

Impaired Color Perception

Some diabetic eye disease sufferers report having an inability to see colors clearly. These colors may appear to be washed-out and difficult to define. Shades of blue and yellow are often hard to distinguish from one another among diabetic eye disease sufferers. This difficulty with color perception could mean that there is damage to the retina or optic nerve.

Being aware of the symptoms of diabetic eye disease can help you take faster action to keep the condition from progressing. If you have diabetes and experience any of these eye symptoms, it’s important to seek treatment right away to better your chances of preventing permanent blindness.

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Kara Masterson

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