Diabetes Awareness

November Is Diabetes Awareness month

Sixty Percent of Americans with Diabetes skip Annual Sight Saving Exams

Knowing the awareness of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and diabetic retinopathy is key to reducing a patient’s burden. Diabetes Mellitus is a systemic disease caused by a chronic increase in blood sugar(glucose) levels. People with Diabetes are at an increased risk of developing serious eye diseases. Due to its systemic complications, this can also affect different parts of the body, not only your vision. Over one third of estimated diabetic patients have signs of Diabetic Retinopathy. Severe signs include Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy or Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy or the presence of Macular edema.

Awareness of complications from Diabetes Mellitus (DM) has a very large impact on a patient’s behavior. One in ten Americans have Diabetes, putting them at risk for visual impairment. Having an early diagnosis of Diabetic Retinopathy leads to early treatment and a decrease in visual impairment. Having regular sight saving dilated eye exams should be part of your yearly screenings. This exam can reveal hidden signs of disease.

Vision Loss is tragic “especially when it is preventable”.

If you’d like to learn more, call us today at (815) 932-2020 to schedule your next comprehensive eye exam.