Monday, October 24, 2016

Diabetics--Go to the eye doc!

With only one sighted eye, I am eye-conscious. Yet, even I have not been to the eye doc for more than a year.

Still, I don't suffer from diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently looked at 2,000 patients over age 40 with type 1 and type 1 diabetes.

Over a four-year period:

--58% did not have regular followup eye exams

--Smokers were 20% less like to have such exams.

--Those with less severe disease and no eye problems (yet) were least likely to follow recommendations.

--Those who already had diabetic retinopathy were 30% more likeluy to have followups.

Well, duh, on that last!

One in 10 Americans have diabetes, putting them at risk for blinding eye problems.

Exams can reveal problems early enough to treat them. Diabetics should see an ophthalmologist once a a year.


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