People with diabetes need to take care of their eyes! There is so much in life to see.
If you have diabetes mellitus, you know how your body's inability to use and store sugar can affect your health. Fluctuations in your blood sugar can damage your eyes, although you may not notice it at first.
An eye condition known as diabetic retinopathy is one of the most common complications associated with diabetes, and is a leading cause of blindness among working-age Americans. Fortunately, you can reduce your risk of developing vision loss, and other complications of diabetes, by using common sense and taking good care of yourself.
Take the PLEDGE
- I will keep appointments with my EyeMD for a yearly dilated eye exam.
- I will keep my blood sugar under good control and educate myself to check my blood sugar daily.
- I will watch my blood pressure and keep it in control.
- I will exercise, eat a healthy diet and not smoke.
- I will tell my EyeMD about all the medications I am taking, follow my medication schedule as instructed, and take the correct medication at the proper time, and in the correct way.
- I will seek help through support groups and educational materials.
- If I notice blurring of my vision, or have difficulty doing close work, or if my vision becomes spotty or hazy, I will see my EyeMD right away.
- I will take care of my eyes because there's so much more in life to see!
The Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons members are committed to heightening public awareness that eye disease and blindness can be reduced through prevention, and early detection and treatment. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in total eye and vision care: primary, secondary and tertiary (i.e., vision services, contact lenses, eye examination, medical eye care and surgical eye care), diagnose general diseases of the body and treat ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.
For more information:
Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
PO Box 3268 ~ Glen Allen, VA 23058 ~ 804-261-9890