Our eyes should be two of our most prized possessions! That’s why it is shocking to discover that vision care is often overlooked by people. Diabetic eye disease is on the rise. In fact, there has been an increase in eye disease due to diabetes by as much as 89% in the last ten years.
Unfortunately, a good number of people are not aware of the fact that eye problems caused by diabetes often have no visual signs or symptoms. Adding to this unfortunate lack of knowledge is a lack of understanding by many diabetics that an annual comprehensive eye exam is of the utmost importance.
Retina eye exams
A retina eye exam involves a dilation of the eye. Regular retina eye exams are extremely important. Early detection of a progressive eye disease should be the goal. Especially since many of these progressive eye diseases begin without any kind of a warning.
Once you have been diagnosed with diabetes, the chances over time of damage to your eyes increases. Certain eye diseases can then begin to develop.
Common Diabetic Eye Disease
Diabetic retinopathy is a progressive damage to the blood vessels at the back of the eye. Diabetic macular edema can follow. This eye disease happens when damaged blood vessels begin to leak fluid which in turn causes swelling. A patient may experience a blurring of their vision, double vision or other eye disturbances.
An alarming 26 million Americans have diabetes. Many of these diagnosed patients will go on to develop DME. Over 50% will not even be aware that they have the disease. African-Americans and Hispanics are a high risk group. Diabetic eye disease is now a leading cause of blindness.
All people with diabetes, type l and type ll, are at risk for developing vision problems. that’s why an annual eye exam is imperative. Your doctor can begin treatment sooner rather than later, reducing the chance of blindness by as much as 95 percent.