Diabetic Eye Disease Month: 5 Essential Facts to Protect Your Vision
At Wang Vision Institute, we understand the severe impact that diabetes can have on eye health. Having diabetes increases the risk of vision loss and even blindness from diabetic eye diseases. However, early detection and treatment can lower the risk of blindness by a staggering 95%. With over 30 million people living in the United States battling diabetes, it's crucial to raise awareness about the risks and preventative measures surrounding diabetic eye disease.
So, in honor of Diabetic Eye Disease Month this November, we want to ensure that everyone with diabetes is well-informed about the steps they can take to protect their vision.
(1) A Group of Eye Problems
People with diabetes may face several eye problems as a complication of this disease, including cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy, in particular, is the leading cause of blindness among American adults aged 20-74. This condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, a critical part of your eye.
(2) No Symptoms, No Pain
In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, there may be no noticeable symptoms. This means that individuals may only realize their vision is at risk once the disease progresses.
(3) All Those With Diabetes are at Risk
Anyone with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, and the longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of this eye disease. Shockingly, between 40 and 45 percent of individuals with diagnosed diabetes have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
(4) Stay on TRACK
To protect your vision and overall health, remember to stay on TRACK:
- Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
- Add more physical activity to your daily routine.
- Control your ABC's – A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
- Kick the smoking habit.
(5) Get a Dilated Eye Exam
If you have diabetes, having a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year is crucial. This exam can help detect diabetic eye disease early and enable treatment before noticeable vision loss occurs.
At Wang Vision Institute, we encourage everyone to prioritize their eye health, especially if they have diabetes. Diabetic eye disease is a real concern, but knowledge and proactive measures can make a significant difference in preserving your vision. Protect your vision, and make this Diabetic Eye Disease Month a time to prioritize your eye health.
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