Diabetes Threatens Eyes as Well as Feet

When did the country start celebrating a different “thing” every day — National Eat Your Beans Day, for example (July 3)? How about December 8, when we can all look forward to National Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day? It’s all in good fun, and it sure can’t hurt to be reminded to eat our fiber-rich beans at least once a year!

National days serve to raise awareness about many things and events. Throughout the month of November at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists, we’re focused on raising awareness about diabetes, since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. We’ve blogged about how managing diabetes takes vigilance and about the steps you can take to prevent getting the disease.

Why the big focus? Diabetes awareness is incredibly important to our podiatrists, Heidi M. Christie, DPM and Dr. Chandra L. Day-Houts, DPM, because we see its devastating effects every day in our office. We’re helping our diabetic patients by checking their feet for ulcers, curing threatening nail fungus, teaching them how to prevent ingrown toenails, and helping them manage their medications.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t also warn our patients about the effects that diabetes can have on other parts of the body. Circulation and blood vessel damage threatens the health of the diabetic foot – and also the eyes.

Eye problems in diabetics

When blood sugar levels are high, blood vessels can get damaged. Damaged vessels don’t carry oxygen and vital nutrients to organs and tissues. When vessels in and around the eye are impaired, patients can experience

  • swelling of the lens
  • swollen and leaky blood vessels
  • detached retina
  • glaucoma
  • blurry vision

Left untreated, this type of damage to the blood vessels in the eye, called diabetic retinopathy, can lead to blindness.

Keep blood sugar levels in check            

Daily attention and care with managing your blood sugar levels is vital to your overall health. Awareness – in November and every month – is key to avoiding diabetic retinopathy and so many other health issues.

Visit us at our office in Montgomery for more diabetic-awareness information. And remember to make and keep regular, ongoing foot check appointments. Call us at (334) 396-3668 or make an appointment online.