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Early Detection Can Aid Diabetic Retinopathy

According to the Center for Disease Control’s recent findings in The National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 34 million Americans have diabetes, a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. In simple terms, diabetics are challenged with varying insulin levels, a hormone that is created by the pancreas.

Those suffering from this disease are also faced with a myriad of possible vision problems, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. Without early detection and treatment, vision loss or blindness may occur.

The initial stages of diabetic retinopathy may not have any signs or symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, some people may notice dark spots in their vision. Early detection and treatment can lower the risk of blindness by 95% according to the National Eye Institute.

An annual dilated eye examination is a must for diabetics. This exam allows your eye care professional a means to thoroughly examine the retina and optic nerve for signs of damage. Of course, regular exams will help to identify any vision changes, so they can be treated as quickly as possible.

To prevent diabetes, it’s important to eat a healthy diet, exercise and watch portion sizes, according to The National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease.  However, if you have already been diagnosed, being proactive with your treatment and alerting your physician and eye care professional of any changes in vision are critical to minimizing vision loss.

In recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, be sure to schedule your annual eye exam with a licensed eye care practitioner at Family Vision Center today.


Originally published on November 13, 2020 by Kristine Heslin on LinkedIn


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