YOU CAN’T SEE WELL
Commonly, diabetes affects an individual’s eyesight, causing blurry or impaired vision. This often prompts people to visit their optometrist to get a new prescription for glasses or contact lenses.
Diabetes can have short-term and long-term effects on the eyes. In the short term, visual impairment can occur if fluid is pulled from the eye, causing the lens of the eye to swell up. Blurriness can result from this swelling as the shape of the lens changes to some degree.
In the long term, high blood sugar from diabetes can damage small blood vessels in or around the eye, causing problems with the retina. The retina is a light-sensitive membrane that lines the inner surface of the back of the eyeball. Retinal issues can cause blurred vision.