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What You Put in Your Body Affects Your Health Greatly

I have always been one of those people who could eat whatever they wanted and never gain weight, and due to that fact, I never used to put much thought into what I ate. When I started experiencing health problems, my doctor ordered some tests and found that I was experiencing anemia due to an iron-deficient diet. I am grateful I had this "wake up call" before I continued to eat a bad diet for the rest of my life, because I soon also realized my diet was lacking vitamins and minerals. I changed my eating habits and began to feel much better. I began juicing to take advantage of all of the vitamins and minerals in healthy, fresh juice. I have learned a lot about health during my commitment to leading a healthier lifestyle, so I decided to start a blog to share my health advice with the world!

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The Subtle Ways That Diabetes Affects Your Eyes

Your diabetes can slowly be robbing you of your eyesight and you may not notice until the damage is severe. Having regular eye exams is important to stay ahead of any eye disease if you have diabetes, even if it's well under control. Here is how this disease affects your eyes and the treatments available to you.

Diabetes Targets the Blood Vessels in Your Eyes

The tiny blood vessels in your eyes can become weak and less flexible. They normally expand and contract easily as the blood flow through them fluctuates. Blood vessels damaged by diabetes may stay constricted, increasing the blood pressure in your eye. Other vessels swell, allowing blood to pool in them. This lack of flexibility is what hurts your vision.

Diabetic Retinopathy

There are two ways in which diabetes can damage your retina. Each can become so serious as to cause a loss of vision.

Nonproliferative retinopathy - Damaged blood vessels on the retina swell and let the fluid pool in them instead of smoothly moving through. This increases the pressure in the blood vessel. Fluid leaks out onto the surface of the retina under this pressure. The fluid builds up on the retina, blocking the light that hits it. Initially, your vision will become blurry. As more fluid collects on the retina, you'll begin to notice dark blotches and shadows in your vision.

Proliferative retinopathy - In later stages of diabetic retinopathy, new blood vessels develop on the retina. These vessels are small and weak. Some will produce scar tissue that pulls on the retina. When enough scar tissue develops, your retina can be pulled away from the back of your eye causing blindness.

Symptoms are Slow to Develop

The damage to your retina is slow and you may not notice any symptoms until you start to lose your vision. When symptoms do happens, they may include:

  • blurry vision
  • gray or black blotches
  • tiny floaters in your vision
  • pressure in the eyes
  • aching in your eyes

Treatment of Diabetic Eye Damage

Diabetic retinopathy cannot be cured, but your doctor can slow down the progress and your loss of vision. Frequent eye exams to catch the disease early will prevent it from affecting your eyesight. Some of the treatment options available include:

  • laser surgery to dry up the fluid that has leaked out onto the retina
  • reduction of the pressure on the retina by removing some of the gel within the eyeball
  • medication injections into the eye to limit the development of the new, weak blood vessels

These treatments cannot restore any vision that has already been lost. By controlling the pressure in your eye, the development of new blood vessels and the fluid on the retina, your doctor can prevent any future vision loss. For more information, visit sites like http://www.drgrantmdretinalspecialist.com.