DID YOU KNOW:
Most vision loss from diabetes can be prevented.
Diabetic macular edema (DME) can lead to blindness if left untreated. Yet in a new study, fewer than half of patients with this condition knew diabetes could affect their sight, only 45 percent had been told by practitioners that diabetes could affect their vision.
This was found to be the case when researchers used data gathered from 2005 to 2008 through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They looked at 798 patients with type 2 diabetes. All were over age 40 and had retinal imaging done.
A. Paul Chous, O.D., who specializes in diabetes eye care and education and is American Optometric Association’s representative to the National Diabetes Education Program, finds the results surprising and unacceptable. It’s likely most of the 48 patients with DME did not have severe DME requiring treatment, or else they would have been treated or referred for treatment by the doctor making the diagnosis,” he said.
B. “In reality, most vision loss from diabetes can be prevented with regular eye examinations, early detection, appropriate follow-up and treatment as indicated—and patient empowerment,”
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