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3 Reasons Diabetics Should Have Regular Eye Exams

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that can cause complications beyond the pancreas. Without proper management, this disease can cause circulation complications, increased risk of heart disease, and eye problems. If you have diabetes, eye care is extremely important, especially getting regular eye exams.

According to data provided by Diabetic Connect, the largest social networking hub for diabetic patients, 25 percent of diabetics do not have an annual retina eye exam, as recommended by experts. It is suggested that this simple eye test could significantly reduce the risk of blindness or vision loss due to diabetes.

Regular eye exams help your optometrist monitor the health of your eyes and detect problems early so you can start treatment to prevent vision loss or complete blindness. There are three major reasons you should undergo an annual eye exam:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: Damage to the retina due to poor blood circulation. It includes various conditions, like diabetic macular edema (DME), a condition Diabetic Connect notes many diabetics are not aware of. Early detection can allow your doctor to begin treatments that can help prevent blindness.
  • Cataracts: Cloudy areas on the lens inside the eye that impair vision. Once diagnosed, if caught early enough you may be able to undergo non-surgical treatments such as use of sunglasses or a brimmed hat and better vision aids to slow development and delay the need for surgery.
  • Glaucoma: Pressure buildup in the eye can damage the optic nerve, which can lead to vision impairment and eventual blindness. When your doctor identifies the disease early on, treatment with eye drops can often effectively slow down the progression and provide relief, potentially avoiding surgery.

There are many other ocular diseases and conditions related to diabetes which are collectively known as diabetic eye disease. Regular eye exams help your optometrist establish an ongoing health profile for your eyes. When your optometrist has a yearly record of your eye health, he or she can better notice minor changes and potentially identify issues before they become full health problems.

Regular medical care is an important part of qualifying for Social Security disability benefits. When filing your claim for benefits it is important to show a consistent treatment record for your condition to show that you are attempting to improve your health.

For help with applying for Social Security disability benefits or appealing a denied application, contact the Disability Help Group Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.