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Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body makes or uses insulin, an essential hormone that helps process the sugar in your blood. This disease can affect your body in a variety of ways, including your eyesight. 

If sugar remains in your bloodstream for extended periods, it can damage the blood vessels that supply your retina, leading to various eye conditions.

At Total Vision Financial District, we recommend an annual dilated eye exam to protect the vision of our diabetic patients. 

The Effects of Diabetes

Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of developing severe eye conditions


Cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. Our eyes’ lenses become rigid and cloudy as we age, preventing light from reaching the retina. Patients with diabetes have a higher risk of developing cataracts at a young age.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that progressively damage the optic nerve. Any damage to the optic nerve can lead to irreversible vision loss. Primary open-angle glaucoma is the most common form of this disease, and patients with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma.

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common eye condition linked to diabetes. It occurs when high blood glucose levels damage your eyes’ blood vessels, causing them to bulge and leak.

In more advanced cases, your retina may attempt to grow new (abnormal) blood vessels to compensate for lost fluid. These new vessels can break, causing scar tissue and floaters in your field of vision.

There may be no signs or only temporary episodes of blurred vision in the early stages of this condition. As damage progresses, this condition can result in blindness.

The macula is located at the center of your retina, and it helps you see objects in sharp, precise detail at the front of your vision. Diabetic macular edema is a common complication of diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when leaking fluid from the retina causes the macula to swell.

This buildup of fluid can result in vision loss.

Treating Diabetic Eye Diseases

At Total Vision Financial District, we protect your eyes from diabetic eye diseases with annual diabetic eye exams. Our optometrists use advanced diagnostic equipment to detect conditions in their earliest stages. If caught and treated early, vision loss from diabetic eye diseases can be prevented

Eye diseases can develop without warning, so please contact us if you notice the following symptoms

If you have concerns about your vision or would like more information about diabetic eye diseases, call and book your diabetic eye exam

Compassionate eye care is available at Total Vision Financial District!

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We’re located just down the street from the famous Chinatown Gate entrance, near Union Square. Parking is easy. It’s just across the street at the Stockton/Sutter Garage! 

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  • 530 Bush Street #101
  • San Francisco, CA 94108

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