Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes mellitus is described as a modern day epidemic, exacting a serious health and financial toll on almost 1 in every 10 American adults. But the number of people living with pre-diabetes, a health condition that typically has no symptoms and increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, is even higher.

RISK FACTORS

Many risk factors for type 2 diabetes include lifestyle decisions that can be reduced or even cut out entirely with time and effort. Significant risk factors include:

  • Older Age
  • Excess Weight
  • Family History
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Poor Diet

A child has a 1 in 7 chance of developing diabetes if one parent was diagnosed before age 50. If the parent was diagnosed after age 50, the child has a 1 in 13 chance. The child’s risk factor increases if the mother has diabetes. If both parents have diabetes, the child’s risk is about 50%.

DIABETIC RETINOPATHY

People with diabetes can have an eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. This is when high blood sugar levels cause damage to blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy usually has no warning signs. It can be detected only through a comprehensive eye examination that looks for early signs of the disease. Symptoms include:

  • Blurry Vision
  • Irregular Patches of Vision Loss

Anyone with diabetes needs a comprehensive dilated eye exam yearly.
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