Connecticut Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Connecticut Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Connecticut eye specialist, Leslie Doctor, M.D. emphasized the need for patients with diabetes to follow the recommended guidelines for diabetic eye exams in order to avoid diabetic vision loss and prevent the potentially blinding complications of diabetic retinopathy. “It is concerning and troublesome that a recent study found that more than one third of those diagnosed with diabetes do not adhere to vision care guidelines recommending a dilated eye exam every year. The vision loss from diabetic retinopathy can be prevented if it's caught and treated in time, yet there are a growing number-some 8,000 or more new cases of diabetic blindness each year,” stressed Dr. Leslie Doctor, a Fairfield County Ophthalmologist with offices in Norwalk, Westport & Wilton, CT.

The longer a person has diabetes, the greater his or her risk for developing diabetic retinopathy. However, diabetic retinopathy does not only affect people who have had diabetes for many years, it can also appear within the first year or two after the onset of the disease.

Patients can help to reduce the risk of developing diabetic eye disease  by not smoking, controlling their cholesterol and lipid profile and blood pressure, as well as working to eat a heart-healthy diet rich in fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables and exercising. 

The key to successful treatment of diabetic retinopathy is early detection and intervention. If you or someone you know suffers from Diabetes please make sure that they are getting regular eye exams to help preserve their eye health and vision. Feel free to call Doctor & Associates at 203-227-4113, visit Doctor & Associates in Fairfield County or for an appointment

Doctor & Associates is a leading Fairfield County Connecticut eye care practice providing eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, diagnosis and management of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses and optical services. For those patients in need of eye surgery, as a founding member of the Wilton Surgery Center, Doctor & Associates eye surgeons are able to provide eye surgery in a convenient, close to home and cost effective ambulatory surgery center. Whatever your eye care, eye health or vision correction needs might be-Doctor & Associates can serve as a Connecticut ophthalmic consultant and will be conveniently located for patients from Fairfield County and southern Connecticut including Danbury, Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Cannondale, Aspetuck, Redding, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Darien, Glenbrook and Ridgefield Connecticut.