11.11.2009

Diabetics urged to take precautions as part of awareness month

Diabetics urged to take precautions as part of awareness month

By Adrian Galbreth

During November, diabetic eye disease awareness month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is urging those with diabetes to take the necessary precautions to protect their vision.

Approximately 29 million Americans have diabetes and around a third of them are at risk of losing their vision because they do not know they have the disease, according to the academy.

Diabetes is the main cause of blindness in the US today, yet 90 per cent of diabetic eye diseases can be prevented simply by proper regular examinations and treatment and by controlling blood sugar.

The AAO, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Macula Society and the Retina Society, have launched EyeSmart: EyeCommitted – a campaign which will use social networks to get the message out.

This month the AAO is reminding those affected to have a dilated eye exam every year and keep blood sugar levels under control in order to reduce the risk of sight loss.

It has been reported recently that diabetics could benefit from bionic contact lenses under development at the University of Washington.

by Adrian Galbreth


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