Dr. Jim Martin 11/27/2013

5003145-1.jpgNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month. It is important to raise awareness about diabetes and also to talk about the effects it has on your eyes. Diabetic eye disease is on the rise. Studies from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have tracked a 3.7% increase in diabetic retinopathy over the last decade. Statistically; if this trend continues more than 11 million people will be diagnosed with a diabetic eye disease by 2030. The need for awareness is obvious. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing three major eye conditions: Diabetic retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma.

Cataracts and Glaucoma can develop even if you don't have diabetes, but the high sugar levels in your blood dramatically increase your risk for developing premature eye health problems.

How can Diabetes Affect Your Eyes?

Diabetics are 60% more likely to develop cataracts prematurely.

Optic bleeding isn't the only risk diabetics take with their eye health. The same diabetic nerve damage that affects other areas of the body can manifest in the eye. Diabetics are 40% more likely to develop glaucoma.

Damage to your eyesight can occur before you are diagnosed with diabetes. This makes getting regular comprehensive eye exams of the utmost importance. In a nutshell, awareness saves eyesight.

If you have diabetes, the eye care specialists at Broome Optical in Amarillo, Texas can monitor your eyes for diabetic retinopathy. The earlier diabetic eye disease is diagnosed, the better. Treatment plans, such as laser surgeries, are available. The eye doctors at Broome Optical can refer you to a qualified medical doctor if surgery is an option for you. If you have a question about diabetic eye disease, please don’t hesitate to call us at 806-355-5633.

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