The National Eye Institute has declared November to be Diabetic Eye Disease Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects many areas of the body, including the eyes: cases of diabetic retinopathy are expected to double over the next decade as the condition becomes more common in the United States.
To acknowledge Diabetic Eye Disease Month, Seeta Eye Care has compiled the following facts. According to the National Eye Institute, diabetic retinopathy:
- Is the most common cause of blindness among people with diabetes.
- Occurs when blood vessels in the retina change in a way that obstructs vision.
- Often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs.
- Is most prevalent among Hispanic Americans over age 50.
- Is equally prevalent among men and women.
- Had the number of cases increase nearly 90 percent from 2000 to 2010.
- Can be prevented or delayed by controlling your diabetes.
Reducing your odds of getting diabetic retinopathy is similar to the behaviors that prevent diabetes: eat better, exercise more. Your chances for successfully treating diabetic retinopathy go up the earlier it is detected, which is one reason annual eye exams are such an important part of ocular health.
To learn more about preventing or treating diabetic retinopathy, contact the professional ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Care Centers, serving Poughkeepsie, Highland, and the greater Dutchess County area. Set up an appointment today by calling 845-454-1025 .