Diabetic Eye Disease
November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you have or know someone who has diabetes? Diabetic eye diseases include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma. These eye diseases can cause severe vision loss and blindness.
Did you know?
The most common type of diabetic eye disease is Diabetic retinopathy. Because diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. Early detection and treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss.
Your vision is one reason why it’s important to make sure you keep your diabetes under control.
Luckily, there are ways to slow or halt the progression of diabetic eye diseases. Taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet can all help to prevent or delay vision loss.
Learn more about diabetic eye diseases by visiting the National Eye Institute’s website.
The registration deadline is December 1st. The ACAO charges a 10% late fee for registering members after the deadline. Members must register before December 31st to avoid suspension and additional reinstatement fees.
December is Safe Toys (and Celebration) Month. Does Ralphie want a BB gun for Christmas? He’ll shoot his eye out, kid!
In all seriousness, though: Please make sure that the cool new toys you buy your kids this season are safe for them to use! Don’t let kids under the age recommendation on the package use projectiles; also, make sure to supervise them. And of course, never forget the importance of safety eyewear!
Roughly 1 in 10 of the eye injuries that bring children to the ER are caused by toys. Don’t become a statistic: play safe!
For a checklist to ensure you’re choosing safe toys, visit this article from the Mayo Clinic!
The ACAO office will be closing at 12:00pm on December 24th, 2018 and reopening on December 31st from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Happy holidays everyone!
The ACAO office will be closing at 12:00pm on December 24th,2018 for Christmas holidays and reopening on December 31st, 2018 until 12:00pm. Happy holidays everyone!
December 31st is your last chance to register before your license is suspended. Suspensions are applied automatically to all unpaid accounts on January 1st.
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.
“Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.”
“…over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.”
Learn more from the Glaucoma Research Foundation webpage.
The ACAO office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st for New Years Day, a statutory holiday. The office will reopen on Wednesday January 2nd,2018. Happy New Year!
February is AMD Awareness Month. With Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) you lose central vision, usually in both eyes; this condition is the leading cause of vision loss in people ages 65 and older.
There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry.
The most common form of the disease is Dry AMD; it’s characterized by blurred central vision or blind spots. Dry AMD can progress at any time to wet AMD. When the wet version of this disease occurs, symptoms usually progresses very rapidly, and may make things appear visually distorted.
There is currently no cure for AMD, but taking multivitamins or eating foods rich in zinc, vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene may slow the progression of the disease. Omega3 fatty acids, as found in fish, are excellent for your eye health too.
For more information about Age Related Macular Degeneration, visit the Friends for Sight webpage.