Can Dietary Sugar Affect Your Eye Health?

December 17, 2021
Can Dietary Sugar Affect Your Eye Health?

We have all heard that eating certain fruits and vegetables can help your eyesight, but  the opposite can also be said; eating unhealthy foods can negatively impact your eyesight and put you at risk for eye health complications. When you have too much sugar in your diet it can cause issues such as high blood sugar and diabetes, both of which have negative effects on your overall health and your eye health. Here are the ways high blood sugar can affect your eyes and how diabetes can impact eye health.

Yes, Dietary Sugar Can Affect Your Eye Health. Here’s How:

It Can Cause High Blood Sugar. 

It Can Cause Diabetes And Diabetic Retinopathy.

Get Your Vision Assessment From A Calgary Eye Doctor At My Optometrist 

The best way to avoid high blood sugar that can negatively impact eye health is to not overindulge in sweets and eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Regular comprehensive eye exams with your Calgary optometrist are important for everyone, especially if you have diabetes or are experiencing symptoms of any condition related to high dietary sugar levels. If you are looking for eye doctors who are trained to work with retinopathy and other high blood sugar-related eye health issues, visit My Optometrist at one of our two convenient Calgary locations (Sunridge in the NE and Sundance in the SE) or our location in Three Hills, Alberta. My Optometrist can perform a visual assessment and a comprehensive eye exam to check your eye health and any underlying diseases that may be causing eye health problems.  Book an appointment with our expert staff to take control of your eye health.


Q: Is there a cure for diabetic retinopathy?
A: At this time there is no cure for this disease, but most eye doctors and health care professionals agree that taking care of yourself, and your health, are incredibly important to slowing the disease’s progression. Getting regular vision assessments is a good way to track the development of the disease.

Q: What are the types of diabetic retinopathy?
A: The two types of diabetic retinopathy are called proliferative, and nonproliferative. Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy refers to the early three stages of the disease and proliferative diabetic retinopathy refers to the fourth, and most advanced, stage of the disease.

Q: What is the difference between glaucoma and cataracts?
A: Cataracts is a clouding of the eye caused by proteins in the crystalline lens (the part that allows light to enter your eye). Cataracts interfere with central vision. Glaucoma is when the optic nerve is affected by pressure within the eye, and it affects peripheral vision. These two conditions affect different areas of vision and can have different causes. Both conditions should be regularly monitored by visiting your Calgary optometrist for an annual vision assessment.

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