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Diabetes and Vision Loss

Did you know that being diabetic increases your chances of serious eye damage? The NIH reports that in individuals between 20 and 74, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness. One of the risks of diabetes is retinal damage caused by increased pressure in the blood vessels of the eye. This is called diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy causes severe vision impairment and even blindness. Anyone with the disease is at risk and it has affected over 3.7 million people in the United States since 2002.

Early on, this condition often presents no noticeable symptoms. Vision problems occur when the blood vessels in the retina begin to leak into the retina. When it is not diagnosed, blood vessels could become completely stopped up or new vessels may begin to grow on the retina leading to permanent loss of sight.

If you have diabetes and you notice any sort of vision problems, such as fluctuations in eyesight, floaters, double vision, shadows or spots or any pain in your eye make sure to see an eye doctor. In addition to diabetic retinopathy, diabetics are at increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma.

There are ways slow the progression of diabetic eye diseases and stop further vision loss as a result of diabetes, however the disease must be diagnosed early. In addition to making sure that you have a regular eye exam once a year if you are diabetic, keeping your diabetes under control is necessary to your eye health.

This month, spread awareness of the risks of diabetic retinopathy and consult with your eye doctor if you have any questions. In this case, knowledge really is the key to vision.

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