Simple Eye Exams May Detect Diabetes-Related Eye Disorders
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According to a report from Medline Plus, simple eye exams may detect diabetes-related eye disorders such as diabetic retinopathy.
An earlier study this year found that almost 30% of diabetics in the United States who are over the age of 40 could potentially have diabetic retinopathy, with about 4% facing a serious threat to their vision.
Diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retina, is one of the new leading causes of legal blindness for individuals between the ages of 20 and 74. It also costs the nation about $500 million every year in health costs.
What this study found was that eye specialists were not necessary in detecting early cases of diabetic retinopathy. Not only that but they found that dilating the eyes was also something that could be avoided. Non-specialists can offer a convenient, cost-effective way to screen for this diabetes-related eye disorder.
Catching diabetic retinopathy early is important since maintaining proper levels of blood sugar can make a significant difference in its progression. Severe loss of eyesight can also be prevented with laser treatment.
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