Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness

Prevent Blindness America has designated November as National Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month and Baltimore Washington Eye Center is committed to making Baltimore residents aware of the risks of diabetes and diabetic eye problems. “Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age, affecting more than 25 million people in the United States. While there is no cure for diabetic eye disease, annual eye exams for diabetes patients are essential to help slow the progression of the disease,” said Arturo Betancourt, M.D., Medical Director. “There are almost 8 million people ages 40 and older who have diabetic retinopathy. This is a dramatic spike in diabetic retinopathy cases and appears to be a consequence of the seemingly endless diabetes epidemic we are experiencing in this country,” Dr. Betancourt explained.
The vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if it's caught early and treated in time. More than one third of those diagnosed with diabetes do not adhere to vision care guidelines recommending a dilated eye exam every year. As part of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month we are urging people with diabetes to have a dilated eye exam every year. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic retinopathy does not only affect people who have had diabetes for many years, it can also appear within the first year or two after the onset of the disease.

In addition to having regular eye examinations and testing at the direction of your eye doctor, patients can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease  by not smoking, controlling their cholesterol, lipid profile, and blood pressure, eating a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables, and exercising. 

If you or someone you know has diabetes or even elevated blood sugar levels they should work to prevent diabetic eye disease and problems with regular eye exams by calling Baltimore Washington Eye Center at 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.