You’ve heard that eyes are the window to your soul, but they may reveal health problems too.
By Diana Kelly Levey
When an ophthalmologist or optometrist looks into your eyes, they can identify eye health issues, like glaucoma and cataracts, but they might also be able to tell if your diet isn’t healthy, if you have an immune disorder, as well as if your diabetes symptoms are being managed properly. Read on to learn about the full scope of health issues your eyes may be trying to let you in on so you can prevent or treat any potential conditions.
Your Diabetes Symptoms May Be Out of Control
Unfortunately, there are a host of health complications that tend to be associated with a diabetes diagnosis and eye health problems are among them. People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness than those without diabetes. They’re also 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma, 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts, and possibly experience retinopathy (any disorders of the retina), according to the American Diabetes Association. When someone doesn’t have their diabetes under control, they’re more likely to experience vascular issues and blood vessel damage, which impacts the entire body, including the eyes. By getting regular checkups and reporting any vision issues to their physicians right away, diabetics can try to keep eye health problems managed to prevent further damage.