JACKSON, Miss.– According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people 20 to 74 years old in the United States. Ophthalmologists are often the frontline of defense for diagnosing diabetic eye disease.
“Early diagnosis is key to successful treatment and management of potential vision threatening diseases such as diabetes,” notes Taylor Smith, M.D., of Jackson Eye Associates. “Our providers are medical doctors who thoroughly examine patients’ eyes looking for early signs of diabetic eye disease.”
Diabetes is a complex metabolic disease where your body is unable to produce insulin, produce enough insulin, or is incapable of effectively using it. Chronic high blood sugar levels can lead to a number of different diseases resulting in temporary or permanent vision loss. Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy are common vision complications related to the disease.
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