Monthly Archives: November 2013
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults nationwide. Because obesity is running ramped, being overweight and often not eating properly has led to an increasing diagnosis of diabetes among young and old alike. According to the American Federation for the Blind, approximately 33% of Americans with Diabetes are unaware they have the disease.
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems people with diabetes could face as a result of the disease, which can lead to vision loss or blindness.
• Cataract (clouding of the lens of the eye)
• Diabetic retinopathy (the most common form of diabetic eye disease, which damages the blood vessels in the retina)
• Glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve that affects peripheral or side vision)
If you have diabetes take charge of your health. You have control over your quality of life today as well as years down the road. Some simple steps you can do:
Take your medications.
Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Add physical activity to your day.
Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Kick the smoking habit.
The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk of diabetic eye disease. Comprehensive, dilated eye exams allow eye care professionals to monitor the eye, including the retina, for signs of disease.
Diabetic retinopathy usually has no symptoms until vision loss occurs, but annual dilated eye exams can identify signs of it. In fact, about 90% of diabetes-related blindness is preventable through early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care.
If you have diabetes, set your site on healthy vision.
About the author: John D. Bissell, owner of Tri-State Low Vision Services – a division of Bissell Eye Care, offers comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family, ocular disease detection and treatment, eye glasses, sun glasses, active wear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. He has undergone specialized training for treatment of low vision by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists utilizing customized telescopic eyeglasses, prisms and telescopic implants for patients who qualify. The practice accepts most types of vision and health insurance plans.