A recent study in the Canadian Journal of Optometry (See Guidelines for Managing Diabetes) indicated that Diabetic Retinopathy (see graphic) is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness in people of working age. Diabetes is affecting our collective eyesight more and more. Chances are you know someone with Diabetes. Did you know that individuals with Diabetic Retinopathy are 25-29% more likely to become blind in the next 4 years than the general population?
So what to do? If you or someone you love has diabetes, encourage them not only to have regular checkups with their family doctor or medical specialist, but also an annual eye health examination at the eye doctor, such as an optometrist. Unfortunately, 50% of diabetics are not receiving regular eye examinations, even though intervention and prevention can save their vision in the long run. Eyeclectic optometrists have the most up to date retinal imaging equipment at their disposal to detect and monitor Diabetic Retinopathy (See Optomap), and can arrange treatment with a retinal specialist should intervention be needed. Make an appointment today.
Dr. James Thompson