Avoiding Diabetic Retinopathy with Proper Nutrition
While you may regularly take care of your eyes by properly cleaning your contact lenses or stepping away from the computer frequently, you may not focus on the fact that what we put into our bodies has an effect on its ability to reduce the risk of certain eye diseases, including cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. At Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, we value educating patients on all aspects of eye health in order to prevent serious eye conditions.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by controlling blood sugar levels and dieting and exercising regularly can help you avoid diabetic retinopathy, a progressive eye disease in the retina of patients suffering from diabetes that, if left untreated, can lead to severe vision loss. In addition to a balanced diet, certain antioxidants and vitamins can help save your vision. Leafy green vegetables and eggs contain nutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin that combat macular degeneration and cataract formation. Trace mineral Zinc brings vitamin A from the liver to the retina to produce protective pigment melanin, which can reduce your risk of eye damage down the road. Essential fatty acids also work to make sure visual development and retinal function run smoothly, as well as regulate the nervous and immune systems to keep you healthy and active–in turn leading you away from health conditions like diabetes and towards overall wellness.
If you are currently suffering from diabetic retinopathy, Dr. William Segal is capable of performing laser treatments such as photocoagulation to prevent it from worsening. Photocoagulation addresses existing and new abnormal blood vessels by sealing off the ends to reduce further leaking of blood and fluids into the retina, causing them to shrink and disappear over time. Regular follow-up exams can help to monitor the progression of the disease. If it happens that diabetic retinopathy advances, a virtrectomy may be required to treat substantial blood leakage.
To learn more about diabetic retinopathy or other eye disease treatments at Georgia Eye Physicians and Surgeons, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for eye news, updates, and specials.