Do you have diabetes type 1 or type 2? Have you had your yearly eye exam? Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of statistically related eye changes including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and even glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults age 20-74 and the longer someone has diabetes the more likely they are to develop diabetic eye disease. About 45 percent of those with diagnosed diabetes have some degree of diabetic retinopathy.
Interestingly, early diabetic eye disease has no early symptoms. None! A person is likely not to notice vision changes and there is usually no related discomfort.
It is important to stay on TRACK:
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor;
Reach and maintain a healthy weight;
Add more physical activity to your daily routine;
Control your ABC’s—A1C, Blood pressure, and Cholesterol levels; and
Kick the smoking habit.
But most importantly for the health of your eye: please get a dilated eye exam annually! We want to protect the health of your eye and your vision. Please contact us for an educational video for more information about what our doctors look for during your exam.
Call us today for that important eye exam you may have been putting off: 425-450-2020.
For more information on diabetic eye disease please visit: https://nei.nih.gov/nehep