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Eye Complications Due To Diabetes: Should You Worry If You Have Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition developed due to chronic high blood glucose levels in the body.
Lifestyle, genetics and stress are the primary causative factors responsible for onset of
diabetes.

Diabetes affects over 65 million persons in India (International Diabetes Federation; 2015).
Although, diabetes can be managed well with medications, diet and exercise; health experts
always inform about its long term complications.

The high blood glucose levels negatively impact all tissues of the body causing diabetes
complications which requires intensive therapy.

The team at BEATO is dedicatedly involved in knowledge sharing regarding diabetes and its
related complications and here is a brief on diabetes impacting the eye, of which retinopathy
affects nearly one out of every ten persons with diabetes (Indian Journal of Endocrinology and
Metabolism 2014;18:370-8).

Eye Health

According to American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes. It is a recognized fact that longer the duration of diabetes more are the chances of glaucoma in the eye. It is also said that the risk also increases as the age of the individual progresses. Cataract causes the eye lens to get cloudy and block light. Diabetes affects the clarity of the vision and cataract is common in individuals.

Retinopathy is also a cause of concern in individuals with long term diabetes. The chronic state
of high blood glucose levels can affect the thin capillaries of the eye affecting the vision.
Retinopathy is identified as three types:

1. Non-proliferative retinopathy – capillaries in the back of the eye swell to form pouches.
2. Macular edema- the capillary walls are weakened and there is reduced control in the
passage of substances between the blood and the retina. Fluid leakage causes macula to
swell blurring the vision.
3. Proliferative retinopathy- as the damaged blood vessels close off and new blood vessels
start growing in the retina which is actually weak causing blood leakage, blocked vision. The
growth of new blood vessels causes scar tissue that can cause retinal detachment.
All of the above conditions can be treated if detected at early stages. It is essential that if you
have diabetes getting a comprehensive diagnosis through an eye health care provider is
eminent.

BEATO provides screening for diabetes and eye health complications. Service is provided with
in-home technician reaching out to each individual with professional care and reports are
discussed with best Ophthalmologists in city. The team is highly qualified and dedicated
diabetes educators as well as technicians believe in knowledge sharing as well as scientific
research in order to provide premium service to all.

The need of the hour is BEATO service provider for diabetes and this is well acknowledged by
summing up with a quote from a thesis by Unikrishnan AG, Kalra S, Tandon N. Diabetic
retinopathy care in India: An endocrinology perspective. Indian Journal Of Endocrinology and
Metabolism 2016;20, Suppl S1: 1-2.

“Mobile diabetes clinics (different from mobile eye clinics) which carry out screening of eye, foot,
and kidney disease, bringing diabetes care to the door step, have been another innovation, as
they are diabetes-specific and also screen for complications beyond and including retinopathy.”

Content Support By Tina Khanna

Certified BeatO Diabetes Educator

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