Davis Motor Sales banner ad

ky opt 300KENTUCKY (11/10/12) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) urges Kentuckians living with diabetes and diabetic eye disease to schedule dilated, comprehensive eye exams on a yearly basis.
 
Not only do eye exams help monitor diabetes, they can actually help detect it, and early detection can help prevent complications, such as kidney and heart disease. This is especially important in Kentucky, which ranks in the top 10 nationally for percentage of population with diabetes.
 
“During a dilated exam, an optometrist will look at your retina for early signs of diabetic eye disease, such as leaking blood vessels, swelling and deposits on the retina,” said Dr. Brett Abney, an optometrist in Leitchfield and president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “Optometrists often serve as the first line of detection for diabetes, since the eye is the only place on the body that blood vessels can be seen without having to look through the skin.”
 
Studies show that diabetes is responsible for 8 percent of legal blindness, making it the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults ages 20 to 74. Each year, 12,000 and 24,000 people lose their sight because of diabetes.
 
By the year 2020, the number of people suffering from diabetic eye disease is expected to nearly double. However, monitoring and maintaining control of diabetes through regular visits to the doctor along with adherence to the doctor’s instructions can lower one’s risk of developing diabetic eye disease by as much as 76 percent, according to the American Optometric Association.
 
“The key to successful eye care is to monitor the disease, including vision, which is why it is especially important that people with diabetes have a dilated eye examination annually,” Abney said. “Changes in vision may not be noticed, so early detection is critical in maintaining healthy vision.”
 
To find an optometrist in your area, please visit www.kyeyes.org.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the KY Optometric Association

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

February 21, 2015 6917

Traffic Advisory for Western Kentucky

in Top News For All Sites by KTC
February 25, 2015 6007

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 24, 2015 5937

Two Charged in Central City Meth Bust

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 5847

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
February 22, 2015 5718

Easter Cuties Pageant in Memory of Shanice Bean

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 21, 2015 5408

Local Administrators Warn Employees to Watch for…

in Top News For All Sites by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

February 27, 2015 1006

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Feb. 27, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
February 27, 2015 824

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
February 27, 2015 665

Tips for Travelers Considering a Cruise

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 655

AIRPLAY: Travis Dukes Makes Stop for Jam Session

in Top News For All Sites by Paul McRee, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 655

Tim Thomas to Speak at Rescheduled Black History…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 645

How to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Home

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News
February 27, 2015 608

Whitfield Presses Health Secretary on Obamacare…

in General News For All Sites by Marty Irby
February 27, 2015 591

Mustangs Fall to McLean County in Three Overtime…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
February 27, 2015 557

Lady Mustangs Capture 10th District Title

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
February 27, 2015 554

The Potentially Harmful Effects of Mold in Your…

in General News For All Sites by SurfKY News