Of 29 million diabetics in the U.S., about 1.5 million have experienced vision loss.  Some of the complications include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.   It sounds grim, but the damage usually occurs slowly, over time.  So there are things you can do now to protect your vision.  
 When 72-year old Patricia Brown of Newnan was diagnosed with diabetes 12 years ago, she didn’t know much about it.  She’s seen friends and family deal with the disease.  She says, I know now other people have problems with their hands and their feet. But it seems like mine is just my eyes.”
 
Dr. Jessica McCluskey of the Thomas Eye Group says vision problems are actually pretty common in diabetics, something many don’t realize. She says, “They think about heart, and they think about feet. And they think about kidneys.”  They don’t, McCluskey says, think about protecting their vision.
 
Six years ago, Brown developed a condition called Diabetic Macular Edema, or DME.  It’s a fluid buildup that has damaged her central vision. 
She says, “It’s just blurry, fuzzy looking. You can see around, but you can’t see in the middle.”
 
To temporarily reverse the damage, Brown has been coming in for monthly steroid injections.   In 4 years, she’s had 34. Dr. McCluskey says, “Just the medication costs have been $55,000.  Now, that has preserved her central vision and allowed her to drive and to read,
but it’s a significant burden to come see me monthly.”……
Read more and watch the video: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/28405678/diabetes-can-lead-to-vision-loss
Source: My Fox Atlanta

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