November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month.
Diabetic eye disease is a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication in response to their diabetes. It is the leading cause of blindness. Usually, it has no warning signs.
The National Eye Institute has come up with an acronym (TRACK) to remind us to protect our vision:
T – Take medications as prescribed by your doctor.
R – Reach and maintain a healthy weight.
A – Add more physical activity to your daily routine.
C – Control your ABCs – (A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels)
K – Kick the smoking habit.
All people with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye disease. People with diabetes need a comprehensive, dilated eye examination at least once a year. Early detection, prompt treatment, and appropriate follow-up care are to only ways to prevent vision loss and blindness. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater the risk for developing this disease is. All people with type I or type II diabetes can develop diabetic eye disease which can include cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma. Though, diabetic retinopathy is the most common problem seen. CompassionCare Hospice knows just how important your vision is. We only get one set of eyes, let’s take care of them.