The impact of diabetes on vision

Diabetes, a chronic condition, impacts sugar processing in the body. It arises from insufficient insulin production or usage, leading to high blood sugar.

The impact of diabetes on vision in Bellflower

Diabetic retinopathy

One of the most common ways that diabetes can affect your eyesight is through a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye. The damaged blood vessels may leak fluid or blood, leading to vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people with diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetic retinopathy may not appear until the condition is advanced, so it's important for people with diabetes to have regular eye exams. During an eye exam, our optometrist will dilate your pupils and examine the inside of your eye to look for signs of diabetic retinopathy. Our optometrist will also use advanced technology to take high definition images of the eye which will enable earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy.  If caught early, diabetic retinopathy can often be treated and managed to help prevent further vision loss.

Cataracts and Diabetes

Cataracts are another eye condition that can affect people with diabetes. Cataracts are cloudy areas that form in the lens of the eye, leading to vision loss. People with diabetes are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age and at a faster rate than those without the disease.

The treatment for cataracts is a surgery that removes the cloudy lens and replaces it with an artificial lens. Symptoms of cataracts include blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty seeing at night. People with diabetes should be aware of their increased risk of developing cataracts and have regular eye exams to catch and treat the condition early.

Glaucoma and Diabetes

Glaucoma is a condition that damages the optic nerve, leading to vision loss. People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing glaucoma. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.

Symptoms of glaucoma include eye pain, blurred vision, and halos around lights. Our optometrist can detect glaucoma during an eye exam by measuring eye pressure and examining the optic nerve. Treatment for glaucoma may include eye drops, oral medication, laser surgery, or a combination of these treatments. People with diabetes should be aware of their risk of developing glaucoma and have regular eye exams to detect and treat the condition early.

Dry Eye and Diabetes

Dry eye syndrome is a condition in which the eyes don't produce enough tears or retain those tears to keep the surface of the eye moist. People with diabetes are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome. Symptoms of dry eye syndrome include eye irritation, redness, dryness in the eye, a gritty feeling like sand in the eye, and vision problems.

Treatment for dry eye syndrome may include artificial tears, prescription eye drops, clearing of clogged oil glands, specialty contact lenses, or blocking tear ducts to conserve tears. To prevent dry eye syndrome, people with diabetes should maintain good blood sugar control, use a humidifier in dry environments, and avoid smoking. Regular eye exams can also help detect and treat dry eye syndrome early.

Take our dry eye assessment to see if your symptoms indicate that you are suffering from treatable dry eye disease.

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What can you do to keep your eyes healthy if you have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, it's important to see our optometrist regularly for eye exams and to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for managing the disease. This can help prevent or delay the onset of vision problems caused by diabetes. Some tips for maintaining good eye health if you have diabetes include:

Manage your blood sugar levels: High blood sugar levels can damage the blood vessels in your eyes, leading to diabetic retinopathy and other vision issues. It is essential to keep your blood sugar levels within your target range to minimize the risk of eye problems.

Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels: High blood pressure and high cholesterol can also damage your eyes. Make sure to manage these conditions through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medications as prescribed by your doctor.

Maintain a healthy diet: A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats can help prevent eye problems. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, nuts, and seeds can be particularly beneficial for eye health.

Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help control blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, all of which can contribute to good eye health.

Quit smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of diabetic retinopathy and other vision issues. Quitting smoking can reduce this risk and improve overall health.

Get regular eye exams: People with diabetes should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year to detect and treat any vision issues early.

Keep your tear film in great condition: Dry eyes are common in people with diabetes, so it is essential to keep your tear film and ocular surface healthy. Schedule a dry eye evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms so that you can ensure healthy and comfortable vision.

Protect your eyes from the sun: Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection when outdoors to protect your eyes from harmful sun rays.

Common Questions

If you have diabetes, it's important to have an eye exam at least once a year, or more often if recommended by our optometrist or healthcare provider. If you have diabetes and are experiencing vision problems, call us to schedule an evaluation today at (562) 925-6591. We are proud to be a leading provider of diabetic eye exams conveniently located in Bellflower.
If left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including vision loss and blindness. However, early diagnosis and proper treatment can help prevent or delay the onset of these complications. If you have diabetes and are experiencing vision problems, call us to schedule an evaluation today at (562) 925-6591. We are proud to be a leading provider of diabetic eye exams for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.
According to the World Health Organization, approximately 422 million people worldwide have diabetes, and the disease is a leading cause of blindness and vision loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 30.3 million people in the United States have diabetes, or about 9.4% of the population.
Diabetes-related blurred vision can often be corrected, especially if it is caught early. Treating the underlying diabetes through diet, exercise, and medication can help improve blood sugar control, which can in turn improve vision. Additionally, treating any specific eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, or cataracts, can also help correct blurred vision. It is important to see our eye doctor regularly if you have diabetes to catch and treat any vision issues early.
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Schedule a comprehensive eye exam for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes, and diabetic retinopathy in Bellflower

It is crucial for patients with diabetes to have a comprehensive eye exam at least once a year. During the exam, our optometrist will dilate your pupils to get a clearer view of the inside of your eye and check for signs of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can lead to vision loss if left untreated. The exam will also include checks for glaucoma and cataracts, which are more common in people with diabetes. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam, please call our office at (562) 925-6591. Our clinic is a top provider of medical eye care for diabetic patients in California, and we are proud to serve patients from all over the area, including Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. We are committed to helping our patients proactively prevent complications from diabetes through regular eye exams and high-quality care.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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