Nearly every diabetic will develop this eye disease

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Arkansas and Louisiana rank among the Top 10 for highest diabetes rate in the nation. This Friday AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana is hosting free diabetic screenings at their new wellness center.

Steve Bender recently spoke to an ophthalmologist about the most common diabetic eye condition that many overlook.

Dr. Michael Cooney: “Pretty much a 100 percent of people with diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy.”

Steve, “This condition is the number one cause of vision loss for those working in America. Retinopathy occurs when diabetes affects your retina, which is the part of the eye that’s like a film of a camera which produces vision. But how does diabetes play a role?”

Dr. Cooney, “Diabetes does it effects the small normal blood vessels in the back of the eye and damages them. That damage can lead to a whole host of vision issues that can lead to severe vision loss or complete loss if not detected or treated.”

Steve, “So what do we need to do to prevent this?”

Dr. Cooney, “Everyone person with diabetes needs to get in for a full dilated eye exam once a year if not more often to be screened whats going on and what level of retinopathy they have and if and when treatment might be indicated.”

The FDA recently approved the first medication to treat all stages of diabetic retinopathy and in most cases reverse the affects. To find more information visit:

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