Tricking and Treating: Diabetics Beware! | Magruder Eye Institute

Tricking and Treating: Diabetics Beware!

Halloween is a great time of the year! We get to dress up, go to parties, carve pumpkins, and enjoy the fall weather. There’s one problem with Halloween: candy can be found at every corner! While the festivities are fun, people with diabetes need to be careful about their sugar intake. Halloween can be a tempting holiday so it’s important to stay on track with your health and take care of yourself. When your body is overloaded with blood sugar, fluid is pulled from your tissues and causes blurred vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can develop. Diabetic retinopathy involves damage to the small blood vessels in your retina. If this condition is prolonged without treatment it can cause loss of vision and possibly blindness. If you are a diabetic, it’s important to see your ophthalmologist once a year for a routine exam. Make sure you enjoy the celebrations, but just be mindful of your sugar intake!