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Protect Your Eyes: Observing World Diabetes Day

Every year, on November 14th, the world meets to observe World Diabetes Day, which shines a spotlight on the global diabetes epidemic and its impact on health. Over 400 million people have diabetes throughout the world.

At Clarkson Eyecare, we understand how many people diabetes impacts the world. Diabetes affects your eye health in significant ways. Please keep reading to understand better what World Diabetes Day is and why it matters. You can also learn more about diabetes by reading our Diabetic Awareness Month blog.

What is World Diabetes Day?

World Diabetes Day is a campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recognized by the United Nations. The first was in 1991 in response to the alarming rise of diabetes cases globally. November 14th was chosen as the date to commemorate the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, a Canadian scientist who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1922. It was a breakthrough that revolutionized diabetes treatment. The primary goal of World Diabetes Day is to raise awareness about diabetes and its related complications, including those affecting the eyes, kidneys, heart, and more. Through education and advocacy efforts, the day aims to improve the understanding of diabetes risk factors, symptoms, preventive measures, and available treatments.

Diabetes and Your Eyes

The relationship between diabetes and eye health is more extensive than you might think. Diabetes can lead to various eye complications that can cause vision loss or blindness if left untreated. One of the most prominent complications is diabetic retinopathy. This condition causes damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Over time, this damage can result in vision impairment. Diabetic retinopathy often has no early symptoms, making regular eye examinations crucial for early detection and management. Other eye conditions associated with diabetes include cataracts and glaucoma. People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing cataracts, a clouding of the lens that affects vision. Additionally, they are more likely to develop glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and can lead to vision loss.

Tips for Protecting Your Vision

Go to Regular Eye Exams

Routine comprehensive eye exams with the team at Clarkson Eyecare are one of the most important things you can do. Routine eye examinations can catch potential issues before they progress. Even if you haven’t noticed any vision changes, diabetic eye conditions can develop silently. Regular eye exams are crucial if you have diabetes. 

Live a Healthy Life

Your diet is a cornerstone of good health, especially for those managing diabetes. Embrace a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, focusing on whole grains, lean proteins, colorful vegetables, and healthy fats. Physical activity isn’t just a way to stay fit; it’s a powerful tool for managing diabetes. Regular exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity, manage blood sugar levels, and enhance cardiovascular health. Exercise also promotes circulation, ensuring that your eyes receive the oxygen and nutrients they need to maintain optimal function.

Understand Your Risk

If you have diabetes, understanding your risk factors for eye complications is crucial. Factors like diabetes duration, blood sugar control, and genetics can influence your risk level.

Stay Informed

World Diabetes Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the latest advancements in diabetes management and eye care. Stay informed about research and treatment options to make informed decisions.

What’s Next?

World Diabetes Day allows communities, organizations, and individuals to recognize diabetes. It’s a day to educate one another and inspire positivity. By understanding the risks associated with diabetes, spreading knowledge about its complications, and adopting healthier lifestyles, we can collectively work towards reducing the impact of diabetes on eye health and overall well-being. Now that it’s World Diabetes Day, we should reflect on the progress made in diabetes awareness and treatment. There is still a lot of work to prevent new cases of diabetes and improve the quality of life for those already living with the condition.

Our expert team at Clarkson Eyecare is here to help you on your eye care journey. We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away!

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At Clarkson Eyecare, we advocate for eye health, especially for individuals with diabetes. Our commitment goes beyond routine eye exams; we hope to promote awareness and understanding of the critical link between diabetes and eye complications.

Our team at Clarkson Eyecare is here to help you with all the eye care you need. We have locations in 11 states, including Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida. No matter where you are, quality eye care and comprehensive eye exams are never far away! Call or click today for more information about World Diabetes Day. Reach out to schedule an appointment at Clarkson Eyecare!

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