The American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that around 29 million people in America age 20 and up have diabetes. It is the country’s leading cause of blindness in working-age adults. What’s even more concerning is that about a third have no idea that they are diabetic and may be at risk for vision loss.
What Can I Do to Help?
There are two main things you can do to help out during Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: share information and take good care of your vision. Tell others about the risks and causes of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy. Encourage others to get tested for diabetes.
You can help lower the statistics by living healthier. If you have already been diagnosed, you can learn more about proper management to prevent complications.
Tips to Prevent Diabetic Retinopathy
High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the retina that causes diabetic retinopathy. This condition can lead to blindness. There are things you can do to protect your vision:
- Control Blood Pressure – People with high blood pressure are at a greater risk of retinopathy.
- Manage Blood Sugar Levels – Keep blood sugar levels within your target range through healthy diet and exercise to prevent complications.
- Schedule Regular Eye Exams – See your eye doctor regularly to screen for diabetic retinopathy. Contact Eye Michigan’s southeast Michigan office to schedule an appointment.
- Get Help If You Notice a Change – If you notice any change in your vision, seek help right away. Changes can include blurriness, double vision, pain, pressure, and other unusual symptoms.