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As Vision Problems in U.S. Rise, Diabetes May Explain Why
Date:12/12/2012

is, diabetes has become more manageable and the rates of complications have generally been coming down, Fonseca noted, but this study "should alert people looking at the public health perspective that there's yet another reason to do something about decreasing the rates of diabetes."

Although the study showed an association between diabetes and rates of visual impairment, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Both Ko and Fonseca said anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should schedule an eye exam soon after their diagnosis, and then have a dilated eye exam every year after that. For people with type 1 diabetes, the recommendation is to begin having dilated eye exams every year beginning five years after the initial diagnosis.

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Learn more about various vision problems from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Fang Ko, M.D., ophthalmologist and resident, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore; Vivian Fonseca, M.D., president, medicine and science, American Diabetes Association; Dec. 12, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association


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