Chapter 21

Ten (Or So) Things to Do for Your Eyes


check Getting a dilated eye exam at diagnosis

check Making sure you don’t delay treatments

check Keeping your blood glucose on target

check Paying close attention to your eyes during pregnancy

Your eyes and eyesight are precious resources, and you need to take extra steps to preserve them when you have type 2 diabetes. It can be easy to take your vision for granted. It’s one of those senses that most of us rely on almost 24/7, unless we’re sleeping of course. And even then, we might need our peepers to help us find the bathroom light in the middle of the night.

Some say that eyes are the windows to the soul. For people with diabetes, the eyes are certainly the windows into your health. Your eyes can be protected or damaged by your blood glucose control, and they’re often a microcosm of your greater diabetes care. Turn to Chapter 8 for more information on how the eye works. Read on for tips on keeping your eyes healthy for years to come.

Keep Your Blood Glucose in Control

You’ll need to keep your blood glucose on target to keep your eyes ...

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