455 million people worldwide have diabetes and diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the fourth leading cause of blindness in the world.
Join us in raising awareness of the importance of frequent vision screenings and retinal health checks.
Diabetic retinopathy is the cause of visual impairment for 4.2 million people globally.
Only half of all people with diabetes get an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam.
Adults age 50+ with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing diabetic retinopathy.
Early detection, timely treatment and appropriate follow-up care can reduce the risk of severe vision loss by 95%.
The early stages of diabetic retinopathy usually have no symptoms. The disease often progresses unnoticed until bleeding occurs and affects vision. The lack of prompt or routine retinal health checks increases the risk of permanent vision loss. If diabetic macular edema (DME) occurs, it can result in blurred vision.
The National Eye Institute recommends five simple steps to help manage diabetes:
Take your medications as prescribed by your doctor
Reach and maintain a healthy weight
Add more physical activity to your daily routine
Control your ABCs-A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
Kick the smoking habit
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Clinicians across specialties agree that dialogue and continuous communication between primary care physicians, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists and optometrists are crucial for the management of diabetes.
Diabetes is a "head to toe" disease that requires constant monitoring and management. The onset of diabetes may often affect multiple body systems, including vision. The reverse may also be true. The onset of diabetic retinopathy or diabetic nephropathy is often the first indication that the patient is diabetic. This calls for a multi-specialty approach to the management of diabetes.
Watch four clinicians from across multiple specialties discuss the importance and advantages of a team-based approach to diabetes care management.
CIRRUS™ AngioPlex® OCT Angiography (OCTA) technology has created a new era in both Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and angiography. OCTA provides a non-invasive method that aids in the diagnosis and management of vascular diseases, the benefits of which are still being explored.In this video, Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD, describes why diabetic retinopathy may be the perfect model for understanding the potential role of OCT angiography in diagnosing, grading and managing retinal and macular pathology.
Path-breaking innovations in imaging have provided eye care clinicians valuable tools that are transforming patient care today. Take a look at how Aaron Lech, OD, FAAO, implemented the baseline retinal health check at his practice with Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT).
They say that seeing is believing. For diabetic patients, early detection is the key to successful disease management. By integrating into their practice advanced imaging technologies like OCT Angiography and Ultra-Widefield Fundus Imaging, clinicians now have ability to manage diabetic eye diseases earlier, quicker and with more confidence. The result - getting ahead of the problem and setting up your patient for a better outcome.