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Are you at Risk for Blindness?

Silent Stalker

There is usually no pain. No symptoms. Seldom any change in vision. At first. Blindness caused by diabetic eye disease and glaucoma strikes thousands of Texans every year without any warning at all. But there is something that you can do to help prevent blindness caused by these diseases... Get an annual eye exam.

Are you at Risk for Blindness?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, please see an eye care professional.

  • You are age 45 or older.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You are African American and over age 40.
  • You are Hispanic.
  • You have high blood sugar.
  •  You are more than 20% over your ideal weight.
  • You get limited physical exercise.
  • Other family members have diabetes.
  • Other family members have glaucoma.

Diabetic Eye Disease and Glaucoma

  • Diabetic eye disease and glaucoma have no symptoms. Regular checkups are important for early detection and timely treatment. An eye exam through dilated pupils is the best way to diagnose glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.
  • Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma are all complications of diabetes, and can cause severe vision loss or even blindness.
  • Studies show that people with diabetes who carefully manage their blood sugar levels can slow the onset and progression of diabetic retinopathy.
  • Vision loss from glaucoma is permanent. However, with early detection and treatment, blindness may be prevented. Once diagnosed by an eye doctor, glaucoma can often be treated with eye drops.
  • In some cases, laser surgery is used to treat glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
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