In diabetic patients, macular edema, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all three cause blindness and are usually diagnosed until they present symptoms.
Mexico.- In order for people to understand the importance of ophthalmologic examinations, especially if they are diabetic, Novartis held a series of lectures with medical experts in the framework of World Diabetes Day, celebrated on November 14.
The ocular diseases that diabetic patients suffer from are basically three: macular edema, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all three cause blindness and are usually diagnosed until they already have symptoms, so they are not treated in time and leave several people with disabilities. continue with your normal life.
Therefore, the company has decided to hold a series of lectures with medical specialists in diseases that usually leave diabetic patients deprived of vision, because with a more direct conversation, it is easier to raise awareness about health care.
Retina's ophthalmologist, Leonora Hernandez, explained that diabetic macular edema is not necessarily accompanied by retinopathy.
"Diabetic macular edema is a condition that accompanies type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, and not necessarily the patient needs to have diabetic retinopathy at times this disease begins and is a primary manifestation of diabetic retinopathy and affects the central area of the eye , which is what we see things like reading, driving and recognizing people, "he explained.
Among the major problems that cause macular edema is that 53 percent of patients are still of working age, so all of their activity is compromised due to this condition.
For his part, the head of the Retina Department of the Hospital of Light, Abel Ramirez Estudillo, spoke about diabetic retinopathy and indicated that this problem is not reversible, it also has important economic consequences for patients and their environment.
"Retinopathy is a very delicate problem because it affects the population, diminishing their functional functional abilities and, unfortunately, if we have a patient associated with diabetes problems, it affects the environment, the family and the condition that they can face," he said.
The number of Mexican patients with this disease increases when they do not have the necessary care to prevent the development of other diseases, as in the case of diabetic retinopathy, since diabetes is not necessarily accompanied by this disease.
"Diabetic retinopathy currently represents a very large economic problem, unfortunately there are almost 13 million Mexicans with this disease and it is estimated that between 30 and 35 percent of patients with this disease have some stage of diabetic retinopathy," Rodriguez said.
To avoid the ailments of blindness associated with diseases developed by patients with diabetes, it is important to monitor the blood glucose level, measure blood pressure and cholesterol.
In addition to requesting eye exams that include pupil dilation once a year, among other measures, such as quitting smoking, if done.
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