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 ethnicities at higher risk for diabetes. With the findings signaling that many Americans may not be defending themselves against diabetes-related vision loss, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) encourages those with diabetes to take proactive steps to protect their vision.
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Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age Americans. During the month of November, news and information will be shared to increase awareness and encourage patients to seek treatment of vision problems related to Diabetes.
According to the AAO, approximately 29 million Americans age 20 or older have diabetes, but almost one-third don’t know they have the disease and are at risk for vision loss and other health problems.
Early symptoms are often unnoticed, therefore vision may not be affected until the disease is severe and less easily treated.
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