Diabetes, Eye Problems and How to Prevent Them
Do you know the initial symptoms to look out for with diabetic eye disease? That’s a trick question because more often than not there are no symptoms until the disease has taken a serious hold and then your eyesight can deteriorate rapidly leading to blindness in a short period of time.
This subject came to the fore when the results of a survey in the US were published. This survey by the American Optometric Association showed that 55% of people were not aware there are often no symptoms associated with diabetic eye disease. The same survey revealed 44% of Americans don’t realise a person with diabetes should have comprehensive yearly eyesight tests.
A few facts: –
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20 – 74.
- In the US alone approximately 20,000 people per year lose their sight due to diabetic eye disease (also known as diabetic retinopathy).
- These annual figures are predicted to double in the next decade as diabetes increases.
- Diabetes is increasing in the Western World at an alarming rate.
If you are unfortunate to have diabetes or you have a close relative who suffers then you are probably very busy dealing with the initial, obvious symptoms and challenges. Preventing a possible future problem with eyesight is rarely high on the agenda at this stage. This is a great pity because there are some simple steps you can take to minimise your chances of suffering from diabetic retinopathy and subsequent blindness.
Here’s What You Should Do: –
1) Make sure you have a regular check up with your optician. Explain you have diabetes and they will then pay particular attention to checking the retina for early signs. Ideally have a check up every 6 months but in any event not longer than 12 months.
2) Give your eyes as much help as possible by increasing the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in your diet. Studies have shown that these two nutrients play a major part in keeping your eyes in peak condition.
What are Lutein and Zeaxanthin?
These are 2 critical nutrients for eye health and they have been proven to help with Glaucoma, Cataracts, Conjunctivitis, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy (plus other eye complaints). They are found in small quantities in many fruits and vegetables but today’s diets of processed foods mean that we rarely get enough of Lutein or Zeaxanthin to keep our eyes in optimal condition. This is even more critical if you suffer from Diabetes.
The overall benefits of Zeaxanthin and Lutein have been known for over 20 years and there are now several proprietary products on the market containing these powerful anti oxidants. Unfortunately, many of them have not fully performed to the levels expected. Research has shown that merely putting the nutrients in your mouth is not enough. They have to be in a form that they can be absorbed by the bloodstream and transported to where they are needed – the back of the eye. This is called “bio-availability”.
The good news is that there is now a product that has been developed to maximise its bio-availability by producing a fine spray that you direct under your tongue. This improves the absorption of Zeaxanthin and Lutein by UP TO 900 times the absorption from traditional tablets and capsules. The manufacturers of NEW FOCUS sublingual spray claim that the Zeaxanthin and Lutein will be delivered to the eye within 2 minutes of applying the spray. This simple to use spray also helps protect against Diabetic Retinopathy. Full details of NEW FOCUS and how to obtain it can be found – Click Here