Can Prediabetes Put Your Vision at Risk?

The Short Answer from an ophthalmologist

Can Prediabetes Put Your Vision at Risk?

Q: Can Prediabetes Put Your Vision at Risk?

A: Just as diabetes can increase your risk of developing blindness, having prediabetes can increase your risk of vision loss, too.

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Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

Prediabetes can cause retinopathy, which is changes to the structure of the eye that can result in vision loss. Having retinopathy is the single biggest predictor for vision loss.

But many people are unaware they have prediabetes. Most also don’t notice retinopathy developing until it’s well-advanced and their vision becomes blurry. But retinopathy has the best chance for treatment success if detected early and treated.

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It’s important to get a dilated eye exam every year. And ask your primary doctor about testing for prediabetes if you are overweight and older than 45.

— Opthamalogist Sumit Sharma, MD

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