-Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Provides Free Educational Materials as Part of
November’s Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month-
Milwaukee, WI (November 23, 2015) – According to a recent study from Prevent Blindness, more than 8 million Americans have diabetic retinopathy with total cases projected to increase by 35 percent by 2032, and by 63 percent by 2050. Diabetic retinopathy patients have an average age of 66 years, the youngest of any of the major eye diseases. And, individuals with diabetes are 25 times more likely to become blind than those without diabetes, according to the National Eye Institute.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has declared November to be Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month in order to help educate the public on diabetes prevention strategies, potential risk factors, treatment options and Medicare coverage policies.
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. People with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to develop glaucoma and 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts than those without diabetes. In Wisconsin, there are 41,344 cases of glaucoma and 80,310 cases of diabetic retinopathy. If diabetes is detected and treated early, the blinding effects can be lessened.
“Prevent Blindness Wisconsin urges everyone with diabetes to get an annual dilated eye exam,” said Barbara Armstrong, Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. “Your eye doctor can help monitor your vision and advise you of the necessary steps to take today to help lessen the impact that the disease may have on your sight.”
Anyone with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic eye disease that can permanently damage their vision and even lead to blindness. There are certain factors that can put some at higher risk for vision loss, including:
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin reminds the public to follow the “3 Simple Steps” to Prevent Diabetic Eye Disease
1. Have a dilated eye exam each year.
2. Control your blood sugar (A1C level of 7).
3. Adopt healthy habits (eating a healthy diet, exercising, not smoking, & controlling blood pressure).
Visit http://LiveRightSaveSight.org to learn more!
Brochures and Educational Material: Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is pleased to offer a variety of educational materials focused on diabetic eye disease and adult vision health. To order brochures, please contact Kelly Konieczny, Administrative Program Coordinator, at (414) 765-0505 or [email protected].
For more information on diabetic eye disease, please call Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at (414) 765-0505 or visit our websites at http://wwwpreventblindness.org/wi and www.LiveRightSaveSight.org.