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Role of Eye-Sight in Diabetes

Mar 20, 2008
How is diabetes referred by a common man? Any thought? Sugar? Glucose? Diabetes in not only this. Its actually a disease affecting all parts of our body at the same time. The most important organ that is the victim of the disease are eyes. Though the disease does have some side effects but that can be prevented or delayed with some necessary actions.

During diabetes there are some changes that are termed as diabetic retinopathy in which at the back of the eyes there are damages of the blood vessels. So diabetic retinopathy may have some long term effects. Initially it starts with when you can see normally moving down to a blurred vision and then patchy vision which even cannot be corrected using spectacles. Other problems are like balancing, reading, watching television and recognition of the people. There would also be also a problem by being over-sensitive to the limelight and facing difficulty in seeing in the night.

It is impossible to tell who will or will not develop diabetic retinopathy when diagnosed with diabetes. Approximately two thirds of the patients that are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes will have some kind of significant retinal disease by the time they have been diagnosed for thirty five years. The other one third of patients will develop a condition called macular oedema, which is a swelling of the central area of vision.

The time period to develop retinal diseases for people suffering diabetes takes minimum period of 30 years who takes insulin or the people who are not able to control their blood sugar level. In US, there are more than 8000 cases of blindness mostly resulting in the age group of 25-74 years which is caused by Diabetic retinopathy which indicates that diabetes itself is responsible for more than 12% for blindness. The second place having higher number of diabetic patients is UAE having 20% of their population suffering from it.

Blindness related to diabetes or diabetic retinopathy is one of the complications for the metabolic disease. Many of the people around the globe are not even aware that they suffer with diabetes. Some screening programs should be conducted for the welfare of the patients of diabetes. An overall screening program should pay attention towards testing the sugar level in blood as well as various other requirements of the patients like themselves moving into the communities rather than looking forward to them coming to the community for screening.

Mobile clinics would be a great asset in the fight against diabetes. Also a system should be set up for patients to be able to obtain the proper follow up care with the proper medical facilities, to make sure that they are getting proper nutrition, exercise and are monitoring their blood glucose levels properly.

In order to control diabetes, patients need to gain control of this disease that is afflicting their body. By gaining control of diabetes, it can prevent complications, or detect conditions before they become severe enough to cause loss of vision. In cases where the damage is already started, diabetes control and treatment can prevent the damage from becoming much worse. Obtaining yearly eye exams for patients with diabetes is highly recommended, this differs from persons that do not have diabetes, who should get eye exams every two years. Should you experience symptoms such as sudden onset of blurred vision, seek medical attention immediately.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win Through a real life crisis Julia figured out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes.
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