Over 20 million Americans are affected with diabetes and 40 million Americans are pre-diabetic or borderline. Over half of these people do not receive the recommended eye care. Many diabetic patients are not aware they need to get their eyes checked!
Diabetic eye changes are the leading cause of blindness in the working age American population. Most people are unaware the eyes are the only place blood vessels can be viewed from the outside of the body.
If diabetic changes are found in the eye it is likely these same changes are happening throughout the whole body. The goal of eye care is to catch the damage early and if treatment is necessary it is sought to help preserve vision.
It is recommended Type I diabetics receive a dilated eye exam within 5 years of diagnosis and Type II diabetics should get a dilated eye exam at the time of diagnosis. Every diabetic should be receiving yearly dilated eye exams or more frequently if directed by your optometrist or ophthalmologist. If you notice a change in vision you should get the problem checked out promptly. It could be as simple as a prescription change or it could be a diabetic change. Only your eye care provider can determine the cause.
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