2. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
Cholesterol and blood pressure also affect circulation in the eyes. Talk to your doctor about how you can better manage your BP and cholesterol. Depending on your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the doctor might suggest lifestyle changes or prescribe medicines.
3. Avoid or quit smoking.
Cigarette smoking damages the blood vessels and increases the risk for the complications of diabetic retinopathy. If you have difficulty quitting smoking, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor.
4. Monitor your health.
Visit your doctor regularly and take any necessary tests you need for diagnosis of any complications that may arise from diabetes.
5. Pay special attention to your vision.
Finally, pay special attention to your vision. The moment you experience new or unexplained symptoms, such as floaters or vision loss, get in touch with your doctor.
The complications of diabetic retinopathy include vitreous hemorrhage, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and blindness. The good news is that you can take steps to prevent diabetic retinopathy altogether. Primarily you must work with your doctor to manage your diabetes, BP, and cholesterol. You must also avoid or quit smoking and show up to your appointments and tests.
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