Lancaster, Massachusetts (10/31/2013) Massachusetts Ophthalmologist Francis D’Ambrosio, Jr., M.D. advised patients with diabetes to take an active diligent role in preventing vision loss from diabetic eye disease problems, such as diabetic retinopathy, with regular dilated eye exams and health lifestyle choices. “Our clinical experience suggests that with thorough dilated eye exams at regular intervals, along with advanced diagnostic testing, the vision loss from diabetes related eye problems such as diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if we catch them early and provide proper treatment,” commented Dr. D’Ambrosio Jr. “What is very concerning-and really troubling-is that more than a third of patients diagnosed with diabetes do not adhere to vision care guidelines recommending a dilated eye exam every year,” he stressed. “November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. We are urging all patients with diabetes to have a dilated eye exam every year in order to give us the opportunity to help them prevent the vision loss and consequences of diabetic retinopathy,” he reiterated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes affects approximately 26 million people in the United States. Recent data from the Prevent Blindness America Vision Problems in the U.S. report confirms that diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. There are almost 8 million people ages 40 and older who have diabetic retinopathy, a complication characterized by a weakening of blood vessels in the retina so that they break down, causing the retina to swell, hemorrhage and become deprived of oxygen and nutrients, ultimately leading to vision loss. This represents an 89 percent increase in incidence between the years 2000-2012. Although there is no cure for diabetic eye disease, annual eye exams for diabetes patients are essential to help slow the progression of the disease.
“We would expect some increase in the incidence of a number of eye problems and diseases with the aging of the baby boomers. However, there is real concern about the serious epidemic of diabetes in the U.S. as we can see it driving a meaningful spike in the number of cases of diabetic retinopathy. For sure prevention of diabetic eye disease requires regular dilated eye exams each year. But in addition there are ways patients can reduce their risk of diabetes related problems through healthy lifestyle choices. For example patients can not start or stop smoking, they can control their cholesterol, lipid profile and blood pressure, as well as to eating a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables along with exercising,” advised Dr. D’Ambrosio, Jr.
D’Ambrosio Eye Care is a leading eye and LASIK practice serving the greater Boston and central Massachusetts area including Acton, Athol, Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Boxborough, Chelmsford, Clinton, Concord, Fitchburg, Gardner, Greenfield, Groton, Harvard, Hudson, Lancaster, Leominster, Lexington, Littleton, Lowell, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Milford, Shelburne Falls, Shirley, Sterling, Stow, Sudbury, Templeton, Westminster, Westborough, Winchendon and Worcester, Massachusetts.
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Judith Seppa, D’Ambrosio Eye Care, 479 Old Union Turnpike, Lancaster, Massachusetts 01523, Judith.Seppa@dambrosioeyecare.com, 1-800-325-3937
SOURCE: Medical Management Services Group, L.L.C.