Diabetes Awareness Month

We would like to remind all readers that November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. Did you know that there are 25.8 million Americans living with diabetes? Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20 to 74 years old. So, ophthalmologists around the country are urging Americans to take extra steps to prevent vision loss. Diabetes can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. 7.7 million Americans are affected by diabetic retinopathy. So we urge everyone with diabetes to take the following important steps to prevent vision loss:
1). See your ophthalmologist yearly: Dr. Brian Kritchman is our diabetic retinopathy specialist. Everyone who has diabetes is at risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, but not everyone develops it. Generally, diabetics don’t develop diabetic retinopathy until they’ve had diabetes for at least 10 years. There are usually no symptoms in the early stages, but those who develop it may notice difficulty reading, doing close work, or double vision. They may also notice an increase of “floaters,” specks that seem to levitate about in your field of vision.
2). Maintain health blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels: These factors can cause damage to the blood vessels in your eyes and can increase your risk for eye disease and vision loss
3). Quite smoking: Smoking not only puts you at an increased risk for diabetic retinopathy but numerous other diseases as well (not to mention cancer)
4). Incorporate a regular exercise regime into your life: Exercise (30-60 minutes 3-5 times per week) can not only keep your eyes healthy but can also help you maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
Give us a call at (502) 458-9004 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kritchman now! We look forward to meeting you!!
(h/t American Academy of Ophthalmology: “American Academy of Ophthalmology Urges People with Diabetes to Take Steps to Prevent Vision Loss” http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/exams-prevent-vision-loss-people-with-diabetes.cfm)

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