November is National Diabetes month and those with Type I or Type II diabetes need to take extra care of their eyes.
The leading cause of blindness among Americans ages 40 to 60 years-old is diabetes mellitus. Additionally, the increase in diabetes in younger individuals due to poor dietary habits and obesity cause reason for concern.
Diabetics need to undergo, at the very least, an annual eye examination by an ophthalmologist to check for early signs of serious symptoms. These include:
• Cataracts, which manifests themselves by decreasing vision and glare from bright lights
• Glaucoma, which has no symptoms but can eventually lead to irreversible blindness.
• Retinopathy, which left unattended, can lead to total blindness.
If diagnosed correctly and early, diabetic eye diseases can save the potentially debilitating visual loss. Some individuals may need cataract surgery; others may need retinal laser treatment or retinal injections; others may need indefinite glaucoma treatment. Since many of the diabetic eye diseases have no symptoms early on, it is crucial that every diabetic undergo a full eye exam by an ophthalmologist in order to detect early manifestations of the disease. If left unattended, irreversible blindness may ensue.
In addition to regular eye examinations, all diabetics need to have thorough check ups by their primary care physicians in order to make sure that their glucose control is good. In addition, they must check their glucose levels on a regular basis, and maintain good glucose levels in order to prevent the catastrophic side effects of the disease.
At Cohlmia Eye Center, we utilize the latest technology to detect potential eye problems caused by diabetes. Dr. Sam Cohlmia’s experience in diabetic eye care ensures that you will be in great hands. Call 316.264.8932 to schedule your annual diabetic eye checkup.