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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This is a disease that affects nearly 26-million people in the United States including hundreds of thousands in Mississippi. When it comes to diabetic eye disease, there are many facts to share.

“Diabetes is also the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged adults in the United States,” Jaime Jiménez, M.D., said. Dr. Jiménez specializes in Vitreoretinal and Diabetes at Southern Eye Center, and he serves as a board member for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. “See your eye care professional at least once a year for a dilated eye exam.”

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Preventing Vision Loss From Diabetic Eye Disease

With the epidemic of obesity in the United States, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is expected to rise dramatically in the next decade.  Unfortunately, with that diagnosis comes the potential for many complications, including vision loss and even blindness.

Diabetic eye disease is a major problem in the U.S. and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.  Most patients understand that diabetes can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke, but many aren’t aware of the devastating impact it can have on eyesight.

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