In order to understand the importance of ophthalmologic reviews, especially if he is diabetic, Novartis has held a series of talks with physicians specializing in World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated on November 14th.
Eye diseases of diabetic patients are three: macular edema, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all three causing blindness and usually diagnosed until they already have symptoms, so they are not treated promptly and leave many people with disabilities. continue with your normal life.
Therefore, the company decided to hold a series of talks with doctors' experts on the diseases that usually leave diabetic patients deprived of sight, as with a more direct discussion it is easier to increase awareness about health care.
Ophthalmologist surgeon specializing in Retina 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 and not necessarily the patient has diabetic retinopathy, sometimes the disease begins and is the primary manifestation of diabetic retinopathy and affects the central area of the eye, that's what we see reading, driving and recognizing people, "he explained.
Among the major problems caused by macular edema is that 53% of patients are still working at age, so all their activity is at stake because of this situation.
For his part, the Head of the de Luz Hospital Retina, Abel Ramirez Estudillo, talked about diabetic retinopathy and said that this problem is not reversible but also has important economic consequences for patients and their environment.
"Retinopathy is a very delicate problem because it affects the population by reducing its functional functional abilities and unfortunately if we have a patient associated with diabetes problems, it affects their environment, their family and the condition they may face," he said.
The number of Mexican patients with this disease increases when they do not have the necessary care to prevent other diseases, as in the case of diabetic retinopathy, as diabetes is not necessarily accompanied by this disease.
"Diabetic retinopathy is currently a very big 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 a diabetic retinopathy stage," Rodriguez said.
To avoid the illness of blindness associated with diseases developed by diabetic patients, it is important to monitor the blood glucose level, measure blood pressure and cholesterol.
In addition to applications for eye examinations that include expanding students once a year, among other measures such as smoking cessation if done.
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