Early Detection of Glaucoma Important for Diabetic Patients

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Glaucoma, a serious eye condition, results when the fluid that nourishes the cornea and lens cannot drain out of the eye. The fluid becomes backed up, causing increased pressure. When the pressure becomes too great, nerve cells in the eye become damaged and die. This results in permanent loss of sight.

Certain people are more susceptible to glaucoma than others, such as those over 45 years of age, those with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and those with diabetes.

Diabetic patients should be especially aware of glaucoma and its effects so that it does not remain untreated. Diabetic patients are 40 percent more likely than others to have glaucoma, and this risk increases with age. Patients with diabetes can decrease their risk of contracting glaucoma by keeping blood glucose and blood pressure levels under control, by quitting smoking, and by getting regular eye examinations.

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