An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree after attending college and graduating from a 4-year professional program. They perform eye tests and vision tests and detect diseases, injuries, and disorders related to the eyes. Optometrists treat eye conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, and prescribe eyeglasses and contacts. They may also provide low-vision aids and vision therapy.
About 1 in 28 Americans have low vision, which is a visual impairment not correctable through surgery, medications, glasses, or contact. Cataracts, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy are diseases that cause low vision. While up to 80 percent of cases of low vision are preventable, many eye disorders that result in low vision cause subtle symptoms – or no symptoms at all. Furthermore, many people are unaware of low vision and its causes therefore do not undergo the routine eye exams that can detect the disorders that cause low vision.
Diabetic Eye Disease is also known as Diabetic Retinopathy; and this November, we are celebrating Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month by bringing awareness to our readers of this disease. The goal of this awareness month is to educate the public of the effects of diabetes on vision, risk factors, and treatment options. So let’s dive in and learn more about what this disease is, how it affects your vision, and how to treat it.
Being diagnosed with diabetes comes with a whole host of concerns, most of which are related to monitoring glucose levels and maintaining overall health, but diabetics also face peripheral complications. One of those potential complications is eye disease.
Diabetic eye disease is a silent killer of vision; in its early stages, there are no symptoms. If not detected early, it can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness. That’s why November is dedicated to diabetic eye disease awareness.
“Diabetes is often associated with health problems like cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, skin conditions and coronary artery disease, but there are also eye conditions that could develop as a result of diabetes.
“Diabetic eye disease is a group of conditions that can affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema (DME).
Diabetes is often associated with health problems like cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, skin conditions and coronary artery disease. But there are also eye conditions that could develop as a result of diabetes. If you have diabetes, regular eye exams can keep your eyes healthy and prevent minor issues from becoming bigger problems.