Did you know diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for adults ages
20 to 64? Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in the back of the eye,
caused by diabetes, which can lead to a significant loss of vision. It
is one of the most frequent causes of retinal blindness in the world.
Nearly 25 percent of diabetics have some form of diabetic retinopathy,
and five percent have a severe case of the eye disease. The incidence
of diabetic retinopathy can depend on how long you have had diabetes.
Blood vessels in the back of the eye can start to leak, and early detection
of this condition is vital.
Proper eye care and regular eye examinations for diabetics are mandatory
for early detection of the leaky retinal blood vessels. A laser is sometimes
used to treat these abnormal blood vessels and sometimes surgery is required
to clear the eye of blood left by the disease.
In addition to regular eye exams, there are several eye care tips that
are important for diabetics to follow in order to prevent diabetic retinopathy
and other diabetes-related vision problems:
o Keep your blood glucose levels under control.
o Keep your blood pressure in control. High blood pressure alone is commonly
associated with eye disease. When combined with diabetes, it can significantly
increase your chances of developing serious eye conditions or disease.
o Maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
o Eat a healthy diet.
o Avoid smoking.
o Exercise regularly.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have lived with
the disease for years, if you experience changes in your vision including
blurred vision, seeing black spots or flashes of light, or partial or
complete loss of vision in one or both eyes, see your eye doctor immediately.
Vision loss cannot be reversed, but with proper eye care, it could be prevented.Schedule
an eye exam
with Key-Whitman today.