Diabetic Eye Disease (cont.)
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Do I need to follow-up with my doctor after being diagnosed with diabetic eye disease?
If you or someone you know has diabetes and mild diabetic eye disease, follow-up examinations with an ophthalmologist every year may be all that is necessary.
If the person has more serious disease, more frequent follow-up appointments with an ophthalmologist are required based on the severity of the disease.
How can diabetic eye disease be prevented?
If you or someone you know has diabetes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
The chances of developing serious complications from diabetes decrease dramatically by adhering to the following:
Even if you have not been diagnosed with diabetes, a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, exercising regularly, and not smoking are advisable.
This is especially important in light of the new, more accurate definition of diabetes that estimates 86 million people in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that significantly increases the risk for developing this disease.
What's the prognosis for a person with diabetic eye disease?
The earlier diabetic eye disease is diagnosed and treated (if necessary), the better the prognosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/13/2016
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