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National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month

Seeing well into the future is no big trick - as long as you have regular vision and eye health. There are many disorders and diseases that can have long lasting affects on your eyes if you are not diagnosed early. Early signs of one disease that can be detected in a thorough eye health examination is diabetes.

Diabetes and its complications can cause changes in nearsightedness, farsightedness and premature pyesbyopia. It can result in glaucoma, cataracts, loss of muscle coordination, and decrease in corneal sensitivity. Unfortunately, only 49% of all adults diagnosed with diabetes in the US have an annual dilated eye examination to assure the continuous health of their eyes.

Dr. Kvitle and his team at Family EyeCare are emphasizing the importance of annual dilated eye examinations during National Diabetes Month in November. As a diabetic, or a person at risk, seeing your optometrist is as important as visiting your physician regularly and following instructions about proper diet, exercise, and medication. Routine eye health examinations can diagnose potential vision threatening changes. By doing so, you can enjoy a lifetime of good vision and eye health.

If it has been a while since you, or a family member with diabetes had an annual eye health examination, call Family EyeCare today at (217) 231-3937, or toll free at (866) 231-3937 to schedule an appointment.

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What you should know about diabetic retinopathy.

If you have diabetes, there's an eye disease you need to know about. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in American adults today. This disease is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina. In some cases, the blood vessels may swell and leak fluid into the eye, causing vision loss or even blindness.

What are the warning signs?

In many cases, the early stages of diabetic retinopathy yield no real symptoms. In fact, people with this disease may not realize any vision loss until the disease is in advance stages. And , since there is usually no pain associated, diabetic retinopathy can progress a long way before being detected.

How is it detected?

Persons with diabetes should have thorough eye examination at least once a year. As part of the exam, your eyes should be dilated to allow an eye care professional to see more of the of the inside.

Who's at risk?

Anyone who has diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk. Research indicates that nearly half of all diabetics develop some degree of this disease during their lifetime.

Can Diabetic retinopathy be treated?

Laser surgery can now reduce the abnormal blood vessels on the retina, reducing the risk of vision loss by 90%. Laser surgery can also be used to "seal" the leaking blood vessels caused by the disease.

Can it be prevented?

Unfortunately, anyone with diabetes can not prevent this disease 100%. But, studies show by control of your blood sugar level can slow the onset and progression of this disease, please contact Family EyeCare at (217) 231-3937 or (866) 231-3937. We care about the health of your eyes!