Sunday, June 3, 2012

Diabetics Must Keep Their Sights on Vision Health

Did you Know?Diabetics are 25 times more likely to become blind than those who do not have diabetes. And the longer you have diabetes, the more likely you are to get a diabetes-related eye disease. Blindness caused by diabetes is highest among African-Americans and Latinos.

If you have diabetes, you should have an overall eye exam each year. You could have a diabetes-related eye disease and not know it.

Diabetes-related eye diseases include:

  • retinopathy
  • cataract
  • vision fluctuation
  • double vision

Why should diabetics have an annual eye exam?

Pupil dilation is the only way to tell if you have a diabetes-related eye disease. This exam can find eye problems caused by chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure (hypertension).

For some people, an eye disease is one of the first signs that they have diabetes. Many times there are no early warning signs or symptoms. In fact, most people do not realize that their vision is slowly getting worse. Finding and treating diabetes-related eye diseases early can prevent vision loss 95 percent of the time.

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