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.In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good vision. 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. Diabetic retinopathy usually affects both eyes.-MDA

Prevent Blindness has declared November as Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month to assist in educating the public on diabetes prevention plans, potential risk factors, treatment options and Medicare coverage policies in light of the large increase in diabetes cases, according to a release.

“Public education is an important key to reducing the onset of vision problems related to diabetes,” Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, said in the release. “Public health workers at the state and local level are committed to the health and well-being of those living in their state and can have the largest impact on increasing public awareness.”

To assist with this effort, the organization is looking to health agencies to increase their attention to the eye care needs of those living with diabetes,….

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Source: Healio & NEI