November Is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is national diabetes month! Help us spread awareness about this ever-growing disease, and help show support for those whose lives are impacted by it!
Diabetes Contributes To A Number Of Eye Problems
People with diabetes are 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without the disease.
Although many people without diabetes develop cataracts at some point in their life, those with diabetes are 60% more likely to get cataracts. Cataracts also tend to develop earlier, and progress faster, if you have diabetes.
Blood vessels flowing to the retina may be impaired and damaged by high levels of blood sugar. Diabetic retinopathy accounts for 12% of all new cases of blindness in the US. It is also the leading cause of blindness for people ages 20 to 64 years.
More Eye Health Information For Those With Diabetes
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How Have You Helped Your Patients With Diabetes
Vision Clinic has always been a leader in providing diabetic eye care. Vision Clinic incorporates the latest technology such as the Optos Retinal Imaging System allowing doctors to pick up early diabetic changes much sooner than just looking into the human eye. The images also allow Vision Clinic doctors to educate their patients by showing how the eye is affected from diabetes. Diabetes affects many health systems, so one of the challenges is proper communication between health care providers. Vision Clinic doctors always sends a report to all providers managing their diabetes to insure the best care possible for their patients.
Dr Scullawl Adds…
Early detection is the key to controlling this epidemic. Since diabetes can run in families, Dr. Kory Scullawl, who himself lives with Type 1 diabetes, urges patients to have family members screened for the condition. The American Diabetes Association indicates of the almost 30 million Americans with diabetes, only about a 1/3 are diagnosed. Visiting their primary care physician is the first step in receiving the proper treatment and making life style changes to manage the disease. “I can also talk to them about living with the condition myself, sharing some of the challenges of managing diabetes from a personal perspective”, says Dr. Scullawl. He adds, “one of the most important parts of that management is yearly eye exams”.
This Month, Help Us Raise Awareness About Diabetes-Related Eye Conditions
Most of us know at least one person who is impacted by this disease. If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker who has diabetes, share this information with them! It’s essential that they have routine eye exams and get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.