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This Month is National Diabetes Month


Diabetes is the main causal factor of blindness of men and women aged 20-74 years. In just the last four years, over four million adults in North America living with diabetes were diagnosed with diabetes related blindness. Out of those tested, 70,000 had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which may result in total vision loss.


Exactly, how crucial is it to get tested for diabetic retinopathy?


To start, adults diagnosed with diabetes are at risk. One method to find out if you have diabetes related vision loss is to have your eye care professional test your vision once a year. The longer the affliction goes unmonitored, the stronger the risk of diabetes caused blindness. Quick treatment is the key to halting further deterioration.


Women who are pregnant that are diagnosed with diabetes have a higher possibility of contracting diabetic retinopathy. It is advisable to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam after diagnosis as well.


You may ask yourself why all the concern? Wouldn't there be symptoms if you were losing your sight?


The truth is, not always. There are many kinds of diabetic retinopathy, and only those in the advanced phases are easy to discern. Proliferative diabetes and macular edema are diabetes caused diseases which results in severe vision deterioration. Both conditions may appear without noticeable signs. This is a reason that early recognition is important to stopping any permanent injury.


An extensive analysis will check for symptoms of diabetic retinopathy. There are multiple phases to this exam which will show the typical signs, including a swelling of the retina, the buildup of fatty deposits on the retina, leaky blood vessels, and damaged nerve tissue. What is entailed in a comprehensive vision exam?


First of all you will undergo a visual acuity test by means of an eye chart which is used to assess how accurately you are able to see at varying distances. This is the same as the visual acuity tests given by your eye doctor, if you require corrective lenses.


While giving a dilated eye exam, the eye doctor places drops in your eyes to amplify the size of your pupils. Though not a particularly beloved test by most patients, it can prevent deterioration in your sight later on. This practice makes it easier to see more of the inside of your eyes to look for specific clues that show the presence of diabetic retinopathy. The fleeting discomfort may save your eye sight.


When it comes to your eye sight, even a little hesitation can lead to serious damage. If you are diabetic, it is essential to book an eye test with an eye doctor today.