November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Submitted by Josh Talkington on October 22, 2010

Diabetes is a disease that can affect just about every part of the human body. Over time, diabetes can cause the blood vessels in the body to stop functioning well. The vessels may become leaky or may stop functioning all together. When this occurs in the retina of the eye, we call it Diabetic Retinopathy.

The eye is the only part of the human body where the internal blood vessels can be directly examined. It is therefore paramount that all diabetics have a complete dilated eye exam at least every year. What we see occurring inside the eye during an exam, we know is also occurring to other vessels within the body, and therefore how the diabetes is being managed. Early diagnosis and treatment of problems is very important to help preserve vision.

If you are a diabetic (either type 1 or type 2), and haven’t had a full dilated eye exam in over a year, make sure you call and schedule an appointment right away.