Although the risks of eye-related complications are significantly higher for those with diabetes, it goes without saying that it is when these complications are left untreated, that the most damage is done to the eyes. The emphasis on “Frequent Checkups” is due to this very fact; the earlier the problem is detected, the greater the possibility of a complete cure and the easier the treatment.
The question is if eye-complications due to diabetes are left untreated or if they are not detected in time, how will that affect your eyes?
Fortunately, cataracts are detected relatively easily. A blurring or cloudiness in vision is something that cannot go unnoticed for too long. Cataract treatment has become a routine procedure made even simpler by the introduction of laser surgery. If left untreated though, this treatable complication can lead to blindness. The sooner the cataract is removed the better it is.
Depending on the type of glaucoma, the symptoms and the corresponding effects vary. Generally, peripheral vision is affected and the loss of vision occurs gradually, deteriorating to complete blindness. In closed-angle glaucoma the pressure in the eye has to be relieved on emergency basis or the optic nerve is permanently damaged. Short recurring episodes of glaucoma may lead to blindness if left untreated.