November is National Diabetes Month.
Diabetes Mellitus is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S and is the number one cause of “blindness, kidney failure, and amputations of feet and legs not related to accidents or injury”. In addition, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of vision loss among working age adults in the U.S. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Diabetic Retinopathy, a leading diabetic eye disease, affects more than 7 million or 28.5 % of Americans. Those who are affected by Diabetic Retinopathy may experience swelling or the formation of new blood vessels in or around the surface of the retina, which is essential to healthy vision. While this growth progresses, changes to your vision may occur and overtime, vision loss may occur.
Fortunately, many of these symptoms can be avoided or decreased by controlling blood sugar levels and improving our behavioral risk factors such as exercising and quitting smoking. More severe stages of Diabetic Retinopathy can be treated by using Laser treatment.
If you are experiencing vision changes, a comprehensive dilated exam can detect any abnormalities that may be present and can determine if you have diabetic retinopathy or another form of eye disease. Technology, such as the Optomap Retinal Exam, can give a clear image of the retina and alert your optometrist to any conditions that may be alarming. Please remember to schedule your annual eye exam with your trusted optometrist. To schedule an eye exam at Bucci Laser Vision, simply give us a call at 1-877-DR-BUCCI (372-8224).