Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Pre-diabetics needs to visit optometrist to prevent Blindness
If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which means that you have high levels of blood sugar but not enough to be considered diabetes. It is important to visit your optometrist as quickly as possible to avoid Diabetic retinopathy or blindness.
Patients with pre-diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and many already have diabetic symptoms.
Diabetic retinopathy, is retinopathy (damage to the retina) caused by complications of diabetes, which can eventually lead to blindness.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) stated on their website that more than 18.2 million people in the US have diabetes and Diabetic retinopathy now affects 5 million Americans and causes 24,000 new cases of blindness yearly.
VSP doctor, Anastasios Fokas, O.D said that it is important for people with pre-diabetes to visit their optometrist.
“I see patients all the time who aren’t managing their disease well, and that’s just tragic,” says Dr. Fokas. “Their vision could have been saved, if only they’d managed their illness better.”
There are three major treatments for people with diabetic retinopathy that are very effective in reducing vision loss from this disease. In fact, even people with advanced retinopathy have a 90 percent chance of keeping their vision when they get treatment before the retina is severely damaged. These three treatments are laser surgery, injection of corticosteroids or Anti-VEGF into the eye, and vitrectomy.