Expert emphasizes importance of regular eye examinations for people with diabetes

In a medical column in Florida’s Palm Beach Post (8/17), Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, explained, “The longer you have diabetes, the greater your risk of developing diabetic eye disease, which is the leading cause of blindness in young and middle-aged adults.” Dr. Moshfeghi pointed out that “diabetic eye disease” may include “diabetic retinopathy — damage to the blood vessels in the retina,” as well as glaucoma and cataracts. He provided tips for patients with diabetes to “promote good eye health,” including eating well, maintaining “a healthy weight,” getting “regular physical activity,” taking medicines as prescribed, monitoring “blood sugar daily” and keeping “daily blood sugar less than 140,” quitting smoking, and getting “a dilated eye exam once a year.” Eye examinations are particularly important, he wrote, because “finding eye problems early and getting treatment right away will help prevent more serious problems later on.”


One Response

  1. Being a diabetic for 16 years now, I completely understand the importance of regular eye examinations. Catching potential problems early can make all of the difference. We must all be sure that our eye doctor does complete testing to meet our individual needs. The following should always be included in your eye examination:
    Dry Eyes
    Macular degeneration
    Diabetic or hypertensive retinopathy
    Neurological disorders affecting the visual system
    Binocular vision problems
    Accommodative disorders, ocular allergies, and much more.

    At Optix, I have found the perfect solution to all of my diabetic concerns related to my vision and eye care.

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