"Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults," says Dr. Pirnazar with NVISION Laser Eye Centers.
Newport Beach, California (PRWEB) November 18, 2014
According to the National Institute of Health, 29 million people in the U.S. are currently diagnosed with diabetes, 86 million are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, and diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the country, affecting 7.7 million people age 40 and approximately 11 million projected to be affected by 2030.
Prevent Blindness has annually declared November as Diabetic Eye Disease (DED) Awareness month as a way to help educate the public on the effects that diabetes can have on vision and is providing free information on risk factors, warning signs and tips on how a healthy lifestyle can help protect vision loss.
“Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina,” says Dr. Jonathan Pirnazar, Medical Director at NVISION Laser Eye Center’s Laguna Hills, and Ontario, California locations. “If you have diabetic retinopathy, at first you may not notice changes to your vision. But over time, diabetic retinopathy can get worse and cause vision loss.”
So, what should a diabetic be doing to protect their eyes?
According to Dr. Pirnazar, there are several things a diabetic should be doing to protect their eyes, and what is recommended by the Prevent Blindness as well:
- Visit an eye doctor annually if you have diabetes or are at high risk.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise regularly.
- Monitor your blood sugar levels.
- Make sure blood pressure isn’t high.
- Quit smoking, if you do smoke.
- Get a dilated eye exam if you become or plan to become pregnant.
- Follow the American Diabetic Association diet as recommended by your physician.
About NVISION Laser Eye Centers
NVISION Laser Eye Centers is an innovative leader in lifestyle surgical eye care with 18 locations in California, Nevada and Oregon. NVISION is the first provider in California to offer LASIK eye surgery with the Swiss-engineered Ziemer Femto LDV™ Crystal Line Laser. In addition, NVISION is the first provider in California to offer the bladeless, computer-controlled LenSx laser -- unquestionably the most technologically advanced option for laser cataract.
With more than 1700 eye doctors who refer their patients and trust their own eyes to NVISION surgeons, NVISION Laser Eye Centers is the Eye Doctors’ #1 Choice®. For more information, visit http://www.NVISIONCenters.com or call 1-877-91NVISION (1-877-916-8474).