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This Month is National Diabetes Month

Are you aware that diabetes is the main causal agent of impaired vision among men and women aged 20-74 years? Since 2008, over 4 million adults in North America afflicted with diabetes were diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group, seventy thousand had acute diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to untreatable loss of vision.

Exactly, should everyone get examined for blindness cause by diabetes?

Firstly, adults diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at risk. Anyone in this category should ensure that they have an eye exam once a year. The longer the affliction remains unchecked, the stronger the risk of diabetes caused vision loss. Speedy treatment will go a long way in halting further deterioration.

Women who are pregnant that are diagnosed with diabetes have a better likelihood of developing diabetic retinopathy. It is advisable to have a comprehensive dilated eye test after diagnosis as well.

Maybe you are wondering, why all the concern? Wouldn't you notice if you were going blind?

Well the answer shockingly is, not necessarily. There are many sorts of diabetic retinopathy, and only those in the advanced phases are easy to discern. Progressive diabetes may have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes caused disease which results in extreme vision loss and may appear without obvious symptoms. This is why early recognition is the key to saving yourself from long term damage.

A comprehensive test will discern evidence of diabetic retinopathy. There are distinct stages to this exam which will detect the standard signs, including damaged nerve tissue, swelling of the retina, the existence of fatty deposits on the retina, and leaky blood vessels. What is involved in a comprehensive eye test?

First of all you will undergo a visual acuity examination by means of an eye chart that is used to determine how accurately you see at different distances. This is the same as the visual acuity examinations given by your eye doctor, if you need glasses.

While giving a dilated eye exam, the optometrist puts drops in your eyes to enlarge the size of your pupils. Though not a particularly beloved test by the faint of heart, it can stop a lot of heartache later on. This step makes it easier to check more of the inside of your eyes to look for distinct clues that imply the presence of diabetic retinopathy. The cursory discomfort will probably save your vision.

Regularly monitor your health. Even a little hesitation might cause irreparable deterioration. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is of the utmost importance to book a vision exam with your eye doctor without further delay.


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