With the intent that people understand the importance of ophthalmic reviews, especially if it is diabetic, Novartis has made a number of talks with medical professionals during the World Diabetes Day, which is commemorated on November 14th.
The ocular diseases suffered by diabetic patients are mainly three: macular edema, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, all three causing blindness and are usually diagnosed until they already have symptoms so they are not treated in time and leave more people with disabilities. continue with your normal life.
Therefore, the company decided to make a number of discussions with medical experts about the diseases that usually leave undiagnosed diabetic patients because, through a more direct conversation, it is easier to raise awareness about health care.
Ophthalmologist specialist 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 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, and not necessarily the patient should have diabetic retinopathy, sometimes this disease begins and is a primary manifestation of diabetic retinopathy and affects the central area of the eye, which is what what we see things like people's reading, leadership and recognition, "he explained.
Among the main problems causing macular edema are that 53% of patients are still working, so all their work is compromised due to this condition.
The head of the Luz Hospital Retinal Department, Abel Ramirez Estudillo, talked about diabetic retinopathy and showed 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 by diminishing its functional functional capabilities and, unfortunately, if we have a patient associated with diabetes, it affects their environment, their family and the condition they can face," he said.
The number of Mexican patients with this disease increases when they do not take care to prevent the development of other diseases, as with diabetic retinopathy, because diabetes is not necessarily accompanied by this disease.
Diabetic retinopathy is currently a very high economic problem; unfortunately, there are nearly 13 million Mexicans with this disease and it is estimated that between 30 and 35% of patients with this disease have a certain stage of diabetic retinopathy, "Rodriguez said.
To avoid blindness associated with diseases developed by diabetic patients, it is important to monitor blood glucose levels, measure blood pressure and cholesterol.
In addition, require eye examinations that include pupil dilation once a year, among other measures, such as quitting smoking if done.
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