November 12, 2019
If you have any form of diabetes, you could be at risk of developing eye diseases. Some conditions that can affect you are: diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and more. In honor of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight some of the eye conditions associated with diabetes and help you find resources to test for these diseases.
Diabetics are at higher risk for developing eye diseases such as:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of the vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if it’s detected early enough in an eye test. Unfortunately, less than half of people with diabetes get their eyes examined soon enough to effectively treat the disease.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports diabetic eye disease often won’t cause noticeable symptoms right away. The AAO recommends diabetics visit an eye doctor every year for a comprehensive eye exam; during these exams, your doctor will dilate your eye and be able to spot signs of diabetic eye disease early.
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However, if you are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a vision test is not enough to save you from vision loss. Only a licensed eye care professional can safely dilate your eyes and identify signs of damage to your retina, lens, or optic nerve caused by the symptoms of diabetes.
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