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Diabetes Watch Blog: Window Of The Eye To Mysteries Of Diabetes

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Nov 27, 2005

Window Of The Eye To Mysteries Of Diabetes

Window Of The Eye To Mysteries Of Diabetes
Our eyes represent unique windows through which we view the world around us. They are also the windows through which optometrists and ophthalmologists view diseases such as diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness among adults.

About 18.2 million Americans live with diabetes and only one third of these diabetic patients are aware that they have diabetes. Others may never know this until they develop some complications related to diabetes like diabetic retinopathy or kidney damage.

Diabetic retinopathy starts as proliferation of blood vessels inside the retina, and if it progresses to later stages it can lead to the contraction and detachment of the retina, which would result in blindness. The American Diabetes Association says that detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease can reduce the development of severe vision loss by 50-60 percent.

"Patients often do not present for eye exams until they have experienced a vision problem and symptoms can be difficult to reverse at that point," said Dr. Loren Azevedo. "Diabetic patients need to be especially vigilant about annual eye examinations as they are in a high-risk group to develop vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy." says Dr. Hai Tong, an optometrist with A to Z Eye Care in Arcata.

One of the early indicators of diabetes is varying levels of blurred vision resulting from a lens that shrinks and swells with blood sugar levels. An eye exam may result in a pair of prescription lenses, but blurred vision will return as the blood level changes.

If diagnosed early complications of diabetic retinopathy can be minimized. Many of the proliferating blood vessels can be treated with laser beams.

JoAnn      Return to Diabetes Blog Main

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Type-2 Diabetes
Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases diabetes. This disease affects nearly 17 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Even though 17 million Americans have type-2 diabetes only half of these people are aware that they have diabetes. The death rate in patients with diabetes may be up to 11 times higher than in persons without the disease. The occurrence of diabetes in persons 45 to 64 years of age is 7 percent, but the proportion increases significantly in persons 65 years of age or older. Type-2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

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