Diabetes affects almost ten percent (nearly 30 million people) in the United States to varying degrees. When the condition isn’t properly controlled through exercise, healthy dieting, and regular care, it can become a significant risk factor in several other health conditions, including diminished eyesight. In fact, diabetic retinopathy – or damaged blood vessels in your retinas due to chronically high blood sugar – is one of the most common causes of reduced vision in people under the age of 60 years old. Today, we take a look at how diabetes can impact your eyesight, and how you can do your best to protect it.
Like the rest of your physical wellbeing, the health of your eyes and quality of your eyesight depend heavily on a healthy supply of essential nutrients. For example, carrots are well-known for maintaining healthy eyes because they’re rich in beta-carotene, which helps your body absorb and utilize vitamin A. Night blindness and significant dry eye symptoms can result from Vitamin A deficiencies. Beside carrots and vitamin A, though, there are several other nutrients your eyes rely on, many of which you may not realize are directly related to your eye health.