Learning About Diabetic Eye Disease – November is National Diabetes Month.

diabetic eye diseaseWhat is Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is National Diabetes Month. Did you know that diabetes is one of the primary reasons for blindness amongst working-age adults in the United States? However, with early detection and preventative treatment prescribed by an eye doctor in a timely manner, this disease can be controlled.

Diabetic Eye Disease 101:

Diabetic eye disease can be referred to as a collection of eye problems that people with diabetes may encounter. These eye problems can cause severe vision loss or even blindness. The eye disorders that make up Diabetic Eye Disease include:

  • Glaucoma: Upsurge in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to damage of the optic nerve and loss of vision
  • Cataracts: Clouding of the lens of the eye
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Impairment to the blood vessels in the retina

Cataracts and Glaucoma

Cataracts and glaucoma are eye diseases more common in people that have diabetes. An individual with diabetes is two times more prone to acquire cataracts and glaucoma than someone without diabetes. Cataracts can be treated with surgery and glaucoma can be treated with both medicines and surgery. If you fear you, or a loved one, is at risk of either cataracts or glaucoma, schedule a free vision screening with the eye specialists at Corrective Eye Center. During this exam, a short screening, the eye care specialists will test your visual acuity and perform a glaucoma test. For more information about symptoms of cataracts or warning signs of glaucoma, see our pages about Glaucoma Management and Treatment and Cataract Specialists.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is one of the leading cause of blindness in American adults. According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), 7.7 million people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, and this number is projected to increase to approximately 11 million people by 2030. Unfortunately, diabetic retinopathy can cause damage to the eyes before any changes in vision are noticeable, making annual comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor critical for early detection. For more information about diabetes and its impact on the eyes, visit our page Diabetes and the Eye

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.