Many people have heard the word “glaucoma”, but do you know about glaucoma? Did you know that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States? Many people don’t. Many don’t know that over 2.7 million Americans are impacted by glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can damage the optic nerve and impact peripheral vision and there are no warning signs until it is too late. Factors that determine your risk for glaucoma are related to race, family history, personal history of diabetes, hypothyroidism, or severe eye trauma.

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There are treatments available for glaucoma, but one of the best prevention methods will continue to be routine eye exams to be able to fully access the health of your eyes. If you have questions about glaucoma, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help!

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To start off 2017, one of the topics we want to stress to Marion residents is the importance of routine eye exams if you are diabetic. With diabetes, you are four times more likely to suffer from retinopathy than those who do not have diabetes.

Retinopathy is an eye disease where damage is caused to the small blood vessels in the retina and vision loss can occur. Diabetes patients can also suffer from increased chances of glaucoma.

Routine eye exams can help to maintain your eye health and catch retinopathy, as well as many other health symptoms. Make sure you are seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist for dilated eye exams every 1 to 2 years.

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Diabetic Eye Disease:

  • Can cause severe vision loss or blindness
  • Diabetic Retinopathy: Damage to the blood vessels in the retina
  • Cataract: Clouding of the lens of the eye
  • Glaucoma: Increase in fluid pressure inside the eye that leads to optic nerve damage and loss of vision

The leading cause of blindness in American adults is the most common diabetic eye disease, Diabetic Retinopathy.

  • Caused by changes in blood vessels in the retina
  • Some retinal blood vessels may swell and leak fluid
  • Some may grow on the surface of the retina

Symptoms:

  • No pain
  • Vision may not change until disease becomes severe
  • Blurred vision, when macula swells from the leaking fluid
  • If vessels grow onto the surface of the retina, they can bleed into the eye, blocking vision

Symptom-less progression is why regular eye exams for people with diabetes are so important.

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source: nih.gov