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This Month is National Diabetes Month


Diabetes is the dominant cause of blindness of adults aged 20-74 years. Since 2008, over four million people in North America living with diabetes were found to have diabetic retinopathy. Of this group, 70,000 had acute diabetic retinopathy, which, if left unmonitored, will lead to a serious blindness.


The big question is, how important is it to get tested for blindness cause by diabetes?


Firstly, those diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at risk. The best method to learn if you have diabetic retinopathy is to have your eye care professional perform an eye exam yearly. The longer the disease goes unmonitored, the greater the risk of diabetes related vision loss. Speedy treatment will go a long way in halting further damage.


Women who are expecting that have been found to have pregnancy-related diabetes have a better possibility of developing diabetic retinopathy. It is crucial to undergo a complete dilated eye exam after diagnosis as well.


You may wonder why all the panic? Wouldn’t it be obvious if you were losing your sight?


Well the truth is no. There are several kinds of diabetic retinopathy, and only those in the acute phases are easily discernible. Progressive diabetes may have no symptoms. Macular edema is another diabetes caused disease which results in serious blindness. Both afflictions may manifest without any noticeable symptoms. This is a reason that early diagnosis is central to halting any lasting injury.


A complete evaluation will search for symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. There are several stages to this exam which will reveal the typical clues, such as damaged nerve tissue, swelling of the retina, and leaky blood vessels. What is involved in a comprehensive vision exam?


Firstly, you will get a visual acuity exam by means of an eye chart which is used to determine how correctly you are able to see at different distances. This is identical to the visual acuity examinations given by optometrists, should you need corrective lenses.


While giving a dilated eye exam, the optometrist places drops in your eyes to enlarge the size of your pupils. Though not a particularly beloved test by most people, it can save you loss of vision in subsequent years. This practice makes it easier to monitor a larger part of the inside of your eyes to identify for unique signs that imply the likelihood of diabetic retinopathy. The momentary discomfort could save your eye sight.


Take care of your health. Even a little complacency might cause irreparable deterioration. If you are diabetic, it is crucial to book an eye test with your eye doctor every year.

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