People with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. Yet recent studies have revealed low awareness of the issue among individuals at higher risk for diabetes. With the findings signaling that many Americans may not be defending themselves against diabetes-related vision loss, in observance of Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in November, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes join the American Academy of Ophthalmology to encourage those with diabetes to take proactive steps to protect their vision.
If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing certain eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. The good news is that you can preserve your vision and reduce your chances of eye disease. Follow these steps now to make sure you preserve your vision in the years to come.
If you have diabetes, you can preserve good vision. Make sure you actively manage your disease with an ophthalmologist so that you reduce your risk of eye disease. To find an ophthalmologist near you, visit uclahealth.org/eye.
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