How Do People With Diabetes Maintain Healthy Vision?

diabetic eye disease preventionNo Warning Signs of Diabetic Eye Disease

Let us help you with diabetic eye disease prevention. Your eyes are an important part of your health. If you have diabetes, set your sight on healthy vision. Unfortunately, diabetic eye disease has no warning signs so working with an eye doctor to find and treat the disease early, before it causes vision loss or blindness, is the best way to control diabetic eye disease.

“The longer a person has diabetes, the greater is his or her risk of developing diabetic eye disease,” said Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., director of National Eye Institute (NEI). “If you have diabetes, be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Don’t wait until you notice an eye problem to have an exam because vision that is lost often cannot be restored.”

Special Tips for Diabetics to Maintain Healthy Vision

Here are some tips to ensure people with diabetes can maintain healthy vision:

  1. By being detected early, timely treatment, and proper follow-up, the risk of severe vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be reduced by 95 percent.
  2. People with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. A dilated eye exam is when an eye doctor or eye specialist put drops in the eyes to dilate or widen, the pupils in order to examine the back of the eyes for signs of disease.
  3. Remember this simple list to keep your overall health on TRACK:

Take your medications.
Reach and sustain a healthy weight.
Add physical activity to your everyday life.
Control your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.
Kick the smoking habit.

Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Diabetic Eye Disease Prevention

Diabetes is a serious disease, and its complications can result in severe vision loss. Don’t turn a blind eye to diabetic eye disease. If you have diabetes, schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam with our eye doctors to set your sight on healthy vision. To schedule a comprehensive eye exam with our eye doctors at any of our four Cleveland and Greater Cleveland locations call our office at (216) 574-8900, toll free at(800) 535-EYES (3937), or fill out our contact us page and our eye care specialists will contact you.

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